Largest MN Moose Mortality Study Underway

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A $1.2 M project to find out why Moose are dying more quickly than they should is now underway in Minnesota's Arrowhead region.

The study is headed by the DNR and is the largest moose study ever conducted in the state.

Experts plan to collar 100 adult moose with high tech GPS trackers in the Grand Marais, Ely and Two Harbors areas.

Collected satellite data will allow researchers to track Moose behaviors, plus it will send a text message to researchers immediately when an animal dies.

The scientists are then able to track down the body within 24 hours to better learn the manner of death.

"The thing about determining cause of death is that moose bodies are very well insulated with hair and they are very large,” Ron Moen, Ph.D., Research Associate, who is working with the DNR said. “If you don't get there quick enough then you have tissue degradation."

So far, DNR researchers have collared 31 moose.

A second phase of the project will examine moose calf mortality.

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