Research begins to unravel mystery of moose deaths

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife researchers are discovering what's killing Minnesota's moose.

That's more of a discovery than what it seems. Until 2013 when data from the adult moose mortality research project first began flowing in, biologists could do nothing more than say poor health was killing nearly 60 percent of northeastern Minnesota's moose.

Now – after three years of monitoring live adult moose via satellite, retrieving them as soon after death as possible and carefully examining their remains – those same wildlife biologists can identify specific causes of death.

(Image: Star Tribune[1], adapted from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Data)