Minnesota’s leading moose researchers were involved in a study to find out why wild moose populations are declining in the state. Next month, for the third time, they were to attempt to put tracking collars on newborn calves in a comprehensive study to determine reasons for the decline.
Unfortunately, the calves’ mothers have abandoned their collared babies at excessively high rates. In fact, about a fourth of all newborn calves collared so far have been left behind by their mothers to starve or wind up in zoos.
Yes, in true Monty Python-esque fashion, this long-term study to determine why the wild moose population has been declining… has led to a decline in the wild moose population.
The Minnesota DNR has now ceased the study by order of the state’s governor.