Minnesota Halves Moose Permits

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With the recent news that Minnesota's moose population is in decline, it comes as no surprise that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided to reduce the number of available hunting permits for 2011. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the DNR has decided to reduce the number of available permits by half.

The DNR will issue 105 bull moose permits for the two-week hunt in October, down from 213 permits last year. DNR wildlife managers figure about half the hunting parties will kill a moose and say the reduction in hunter harvest is needed to help slow the decline of the northwoods icon, especially in restoring the balance of bulls to cows.


numbnutz's picture

I used to live in Northern

I used to live in Northern Minnesota and still have several family members that do. The wolves have a lot do with the decline in moose numbers as well has the deer population. However there are other factors here too. The main one is loss of habitat. More and more ranches are popping up and mining activities are still claiming forrest lands and some logging. My dad and I own 60 acres just outside of Int falls which is about as far north as you can get and when I was a kid it was nothing but farm land out there in fact we have seen many moose on our land back then. but in a recent visit by my dad he said there is now a housing development going up just right down the road and there are about 150 more houses in the area then what was there 20 years ago. I doesn't seem like a lot but when it comes to wildlife habitat every acre matters. So in short the wolves had some to do with it but the biggest factor is us.

hunter25's picture

Even before I read the other

Even before I read the other comments the first thing I thought was that the wolves have been busy as usual. I don't think it will matter how many deer or other animals the wolves eat or kill because people will always turn a blind eye to that. It will be attacks on people that may finally open their eyes to the reality of the situation.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Anyone hearing the howling

Anyone hearing the howling coming from the northern part of Minnesota?  It's the wolves, thanking the state for leaving more moose for them. lol

The wolves in the northern part of the state take their fair share of the little moose, much the same that the wolves are hammering the elk herds outside of Yellowstone.

I am surprised they don't mention it here.  They say that it's dropping in the "northern range", and if you look at the wolf distribution map in Minnesota, guess what.  It's the northern part of the state.

Could be other factos, obviously, but interesting they don't mention them.

jaybe's picture

You hit the nail on the head,

You hit the nail on the head, Vermonster. There is such an increase in wolves all across the northern tier of states that all of the other game species are feeling the bite. In my state, people who hunt in the Upper Peninsula have been seeing and hearing a dramatic increase in the wolf population for a few years now, and it seems to be spiking. One guy I know who has a cabin up there that borders state land said that in a week of hunting, they usually see anywhere from 35-50 deer or more, and hardly ever saw a wolf track - let alone heard one or saw a wolf. Last season in his usual week of hunting, he saw more wolves than deer (5 deer, 7 wolves), and heard three different packs howling every night.

Funny how an animal such as the wolf that was considered a blight to mankind just a couple of generations ago, is now considered a sacred cow. You know what it will take to get it turned around again - more wolf attacks on humans and unmanagable damage to our deer, elk and moose populations. By that time, our government's feeble efforts to control them will be too little, too late, and we'll have to start all over building up our herds.