Weather Prevents Moose Population Survey
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The DNR says efforts to conduct its bi-annual aerial moose population survey in the U.P. have been hampered by unusual winter weather.
The survey is conducted every other January with crews flying over prime moose range in Baraga, Iron and Marquette counties. The crews count moose sighted on the ground, which in typical winter conditions stand out against the white snow.
However, for much of January, most of the survey area did not have sufficient snow cover to allow the moose to be seen from the air. Approximately 20 percent of the survey was completed in early January before record high temperatures resulted in the loss of snow cover.
DNR officials remain cautiously optimistic that they can complete the survey this year, but if weather conditions prevent that from happening, they will re-survey the area in 2014.
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