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Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?
NY Times ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 | By BRENT McDONALD

Posted on 03/06/2014 10:57:01 AM PST by Red Badger

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. — For moose, this year’s winter-long deep freeze across the Upper Midwest is truly ideal weather. The large, gangly creatures are adapted to deep snow: Their hollow fur insulates them like fiberglass does in a house. And the prolonged cold helps eradicate pests that prey on moose, like ticks and meningeal worm, or brain worm. Yet moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate, and biologists are perplexed as to why. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage

Mark Keech, right, a research biologist, and Tiffany Wolf, a veterinarian, fitted a moose with a radio collar and took samples as part of a Minnesota study of why the animals die. Moose Die-Off Alarms ScientistsOCT. 14, 2013

In the 1980s, moose numbered about 4,000 in the northwest part of the state; today, there are about 100. In Northeast Minnesota, the population has dropped by half since 2006, to 4,300 from more than 8,800. In 2012, the decline was steep enough — 35 percent — that the state and local Chippewa tribes, which rely on moose meat for subsistence, called off the moose hunt. The mortality rate rebounded slightly this year, but moose continue to die at twice the normal rate to sustain a population. Researchers elsewhere, along the southern edge of moose territory in New Hampshire and Montana, are also beginning to notice declines in the animals’ numbers.

Seth Moore, a wildlife biologist in Grand Portage, theorizes that recent years of warmer, shorter winters and hotter, longer summers have resulted in a twofold problem. The changing climate has stressed out the moose, compromising their immune systems. And warmer temperatures have allowed populations of white-tailed deer, carriers of brain worm — which is fatal to moose — to thrive.

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TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science; Weather
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1 posted on 03/06/2014 10:57:01 AM PST by Red Badger
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2 posted on 03/06/2014 11:00:33 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Red Badger

I suspect wolves. How has the wolf population done over the same period of Moose decline?


3 posted on 03/06/2014 11:02:34 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Red Badger

McD’s?


4 posted on 03/06/2014 11:03:34 AM PST by faithhopecharity (")
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To: Tenacious 1

Boris Badinov!


5 posted on 03/06/2014 11:03:48 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

The single, most perfect response!


6 posted on 03/06/2014 11:05:10 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: massgopguy

Did he hunt Bulwinkle? The evil spy? LOL


7 posted on 03/06/2014 11:05:25 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I also read that the bears are death on newborn Moose.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 11:05:30 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Tenacious 1

Predators, disease, over hunting, poaching or any combination of these could cause the decline.......................


9 posted on 03/06/2014 11:05:57 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: massgopguy

You get squirrel, Natasha, I get moose...................


10 posted on 03/06/2014 11:06:40 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
Bush's fault? That won't work for the moose, but . . .


11 posted on 03/06/2014 11:06:51 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Red Badger
Predators, disease, over hunting, poaching or any combination of these could cause the decline.......................

Logical inquiries would shorten the study and hence the funding. Let's start with brain worms caused, indirectly by man made global warming.

12 posted on 03/06/2014 11:07:21 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Red Badger

Used to have moose on our farm to nibble on corn and grain, and a lot of pheasants.

Gone,, like yesterday’s flock of geese..


13 posted on 03/06/2014 11:08:28 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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It’s global warming, yaknow.. And fracjking.


14 posted on 03/06/2014 11:09:04 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Pollster1

That is a caribou with Sarah.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 11:09:05 AM PST by dainbramaged
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To: Red Badger

Seth Moore, a wildlife biologist in Grand Portage, theorizes that recent years of warmer, shorter winters and hotter, longer summers have resulted in a twofold problem. The changing climate has stressed out the moose, compromising their immune systems. And warmer temperatures have allowed populations of white-tailed deer, carriers of brain worm — which is fatal to moose — to thrive.


Normally I have a negative gut reaction to anything the NY Times publishes. But I will say that for central Kentucky where I am at; the 2012-2013 winter was very mild. That DID have a relation to the Meningeal worm that I have to do monthly inoculations on my Alpacas for. The White tail deer do carry it and their droppings are eaten by snails that do travel into the pastures and are occasionally eaten by any grass eating animal.

Other parasites that were abnormally increased in population were nemotidirus and Strongyles including the Barber pole worm.

THIS year though the temperatures have been well below freezing for much of the winter and I expect to see a corresponding drop-off in parasitic infections because of that.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 11:09:19 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Red Badger

It’s simple: in Minnesota, if it moves it gets taxed. The moose are being taxed to death.


17 posted on 03/06/2014 11:11:12 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Red Badger

Moose tend to go through cycles in their population. The herd has a good breeding season and expands. Then things return to normal levels. Then the “baby boom” moose all get old at the same time. They develop arthritis and become easy prey for timberwolves, or die of natural causes.

Then another good breeding year comes along and the cycle repeats. Timberwolves are on an inverse cycle (in down years for old moose, they can’t find enough to eat).

Nature knows what it’s doing. Stay Calm and Watch the NatGeo Channel.


18 posted on 03/06/2014 11:11:58 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Squirrel? Is that you?


19 posted on 03/06/2014 11:12:21 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Red Badger

Of course, the NY Times posits:

Global warming cooling warming cooling changing.


20 posted on 03/06/2014 11:13:03 AM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: dainbramaged

It’s also in Alaska, but that won’t stop the left from blaming her for dead moose in Minnesota.


21 posted on 03/06/2014 11:14:41 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I had a dream about a moose a couple of weeks ago................

http://spirit-animals.com/moose/


22 posted on 03/06/2014 11:14:45 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger

Climate Change of course!/s

If they needed a cooler climate, why wouldn’t they head north to Canada. There is plenty of cold weather just North on Mini-so-cold. Their own rhetoric shows their stupidity!


23 posted on 03/06/2014 11:17:25 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Red Badger

I’m going with fracking and global warming for 400, Alex.


24 posted on 03/06/2014 11:17:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Red Badger

Its all that cheese and sister biting I’ll bet.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 11:17:45 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Red Badger
What’s Killing the Moose?

The lack of affordable health care, and a reluctance to raise the minimum wage.

26 posted on 03/06/2014 11:20:51 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: bk1000

Biting sister with brain worms, maybe..................


27 posted on 03/06/2014 11:21:46 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: The Working Man

Here In Northeast Ohio we have had less than a handful of days with high temperatures above 32 deg since Thanksgiving. That is highly unusual for us. Also the Great Lakes are almost completely frozen over, not the least bit ‘normal’. .


28 posted on 03/06/2014 11:21:56 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: GreenHornet

LOL!.............


29 posted on 03/06/2014 11:22:05 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger

30 posted on 03/06/2014 11:22:12 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Pollster1

OMG! SHE KILLED RUDOLPH!...................


31 posted on 03/06/2014 11:23:08 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
My nomination:
32 posted on 03/06/2014 11:24:51 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: GreenHornet

“The lack of affordable health care, and a reluctance to raise the minimum wage. “

LOL!


33 posted on 03/06/2014 11:25:35 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

As mean and vicious a honey badger is, I don’t think they are going to take down a moose................


34 posted on 03/06/2014 11:27:07 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?

Uhh, Boris Badanoff and Natasha?

35 posted on 03/06/2014 11:27:18 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Red Badger

He don’t care. *SMIRK*


36 posted on 03/06/2014 11:28:13 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Tenacious 1
I suspect wolves. How has the wolf population done over the same period of Moose decline?

This

Here is Wisconsin the wolf population is way higher than the DNR claims. They are out there and they have to eat. I too would like to see the numbers comparing moose and wolf numbers over the period in question.

37 posted on 03/06/2014 11:29:03 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: Red Badger

Maybe my sister decided to bite back...


38 posted on 03/06/2014 11:53:22 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: massgopguy

But that would also necessarily imply a drop in the squirrel population.


39 posted on 03/06/2014 11:53:54 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Tenacious 1
"I suspect wolves. How has the wolf population done over the same period of Moose decline?"

If Minnesota is having a very cold winter with deep, drifting snow the the wolves will dine well on moose. On crusted wind-blown snow a wolf can glide over the snow while the moose has to plow through it. Wolves always dine best in winter.

40 posted on 03/06/2014 11:59:12 AM PST by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: massgopguy

A proud member of the VSTU..villains, scoundrels and thieves union.


41 posted on 03/06/2014 12:21:10 PM PST by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red Badger

Check their livers. You’ll find a parasite. Too easy.


42 posted on 03/06/2014 12:23:56 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: WMarshal
It's no mystery. More grant money is needed to study a natural phenomenon that the left can't seem to understand and turn it into another global warming gravy train.
43 posted on 03/06/2014 12:24:54 PM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Red Badger

Hamburger prices?


44 posted on 03/06/2014 12:35:38 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Red Badger

“Biting sister with brain worms, maybe..................”

Brain worms kan be very nasti.


45 posted on 03/06/2014 12:54:29 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Red Badger

There has been a similar (though less dramatic) decline in the moose population in New Hampshire, the result of a huge increase in ticks. Thousands feed on a single moose, weakening them and making the animal more susceptible to predators, or death from other illnesses.

Hmmm...never had this problem when you could use DDT. After this brutally cold winter, a good application of insecticide would put quite a dent in the tick problem. Fewer ticks = more moose, at least in New Hampshire.

During my Air Force days, I had friends stationed at Loring AFB in northern Maine. The base was a SAC installation, it was a good location for B-52s and KC-135s because it put them a little closer to the Soviet Union.

There were moose on Loring, and some of them liked to wander out on the runway. I’m told there were more than a few close calls between a 1,500 pound moose and a B-52 lumbering down the runway. The moose would sit there, chewing its cud and watch the approaching Buff before strolling off at the last possible moment.


46 posted on 03/06/2014 1:04:31 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: ExNewsExSpook

They didn’t have FENCES?..................


47 posted on 03/06/2014 1:23:23 PM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: dainbramaged

Yep! :-)


48 posted on 03/06/2014 1:25:16 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: Pollster1

Just the other day I was standing on our deck watching a yearling moose casually meandering down our back road between houses, munching away on young birch trees.


49 posted on 03/06/2014 1:28:33 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: ArmyTeach

Nice place to live if you can see that from your deck. I like moose as long as I don’t come near a grumpy cow.


50 posted on 03/06/2014 1:31:30 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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