Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Moose population stable at Voyageurs National Park

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: May 7, 2013 - 11:52 AM
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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