The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota remains stable, according to a recently-completed aerial survey.
The 2013 population was estimated to be 46 moose, similar to estimates from 2009-2011. No survey was conducted in 2012). The margin of error is plus or minus 7 percent.
The National Park Service said the calf-cow ratio and the percent of calves in the population were relatively high in 2013, also similar to estimates from 2010-2011.
Biologists concluded the low-density population that exists in Voyageurs is relatively stable, especially considering the rapidly declining population in northeastern Minnesota moose range. However, park’s biologists cautioned that other large-scale factors such as climate change and disease outbreaks continue to threaten the long-term viability of the small, isolated population in the park, and continued monitoring is warranted.
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The Department of Natural Resources will have field testing stations in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Swift and Todd counties.
Results mirror results in Minnesota, South Dakota.
Previously, the DNR said it would wait until an annual fall walleye survey was complete on Mille Lacs before determing whether winter walleye fishing could begin Dec. 1.
Deadline to apply is Sept. 24
However, the 2015 pheasant index is 39 percent below the 10-year average and 59 percent below the long-term average. Loss of habitat remains a concern.