Hunters Help Track Minnesota Moose

By KBJR News 1

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 11:31 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Minnesota's annual Moose Hunt wrapped up on Sunday. Officials estimate about 150 to 160 moose were taken during the two week long season.

Hunters like Sue Chalstrom, who bagged her first bull moose during the first week.

"Used the moose call, and it was a very still, quiet morning, and then the moose started coming in," Chalstrom said, illustrating her first big-game kill.

Besides bringing nearly 400 pounds of meat for the table, Chalstrom says her trophy is vital to science.

"I think hunters really help the DNR," Chalstrom explained.

"You go to an orientation and learn how to draw the blood and save the liver, and we brought these things in so that the researchers would have a chance to work on them."

The reason: Minnesota's moose herd is declining, and researchers want to know why. To find out, they are enlisting moose hunters like Chalstrom who successfully take the trophy of a life-time.

To find out how, click on the link above for the whole story.

Written for the web by Matt Standal