Decline in Numbers Prompts Scrutiny
8:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Montana's Moose Population

Cow and bull moose (Alces alces)
Credit Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

"Fieldnotes," March 2nd & 3rd, 2014: “Moose in Montana," by Matt Hannon. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

For "Fieldnotes:" Matt Hannon on "Moose Populations in Montana."

"Moose populations have been declining across the country at various rates depending on geographic location, and the northern Rocky Mountain region is no exception. Scientists are not sure why moose populations in Montana are dropping off, though they point to parasites, loss of old-growth spruce-fir forests, and warming temperatures as possible factors. Moose are cold-weather animals, and because they lack sweat glands, temperatures that rise above 80 degrees F put moose at risk of overheating. An increase in predators, such as bears and mountain lions, could be a contributing factor."

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