Moose Captures Begin This Week

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists, in cooperation with Michigan State University, are continuing research this week to assess the status of Michigan’s moose population in the western Upper Peninsula.

Dr. Dale Rabe, DNR Wildlife Research Section Supervisor, said the research team is continuing its evaluation of several moose population survey techniques. The research includes 46 moose fitted with radio-collars, which are monitored weekly to determine their dispersal, survival and reproduction rate.

During the next two weeks, 25-30 additional moose will be captured, using nets and a helicopter, and fitted with radio collars.

“Moose captured and collared this year will replace animals that have died, and will help ensure accurate estimates of reproduction and mortality,” Rabe said.

This project is funded by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, Pittman-Robertson project W-127-R and the Michigan Involvement Committee of Safari Club International.

Further information on the Michigan moose research program is available by contacting Dale Rabe, DNR Wildlife Division, 517-373-1263 or Dean Beyer at 906-227-1627. Moose information also is available by clicking here.