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Moose study complete

February 1, 2013

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said weather conditions have improved in recent days, allowing biologists to complete Upper Peninsula moose population surveys....

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Feb-01-13 10:09 PM

Some decades ago brainworm from whitetail deer (which it is harmless to, as it is to humans and noncervid animals) was the thing usually blamed for preventing and retarding moose recovery. At the time there was no such thing as GPS, but they found the worm in some radio-collared moose that died. As for wolves, it is conceivable that they could affect moose but also that there isn't a wolf in the Upper Peninsula that is courageous enough to attack a healthy moose if there is a smaller alternative and it does not seem to fit with "survival of the calves is very high". It should not be an excuse to delay finding out why moose are not as prolific, predators don't usually prevent that.

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