Moose Population Growing Slowly In U.P.
Moose on the hoof.
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan’s moose population is growing, but at a slower rate than usual and warmer temperatures may to be blame.
Reports say that the moose population in the Upper Peninsula had been growing about ten percent each year from 1997 to 2007.
But since then, the rate of increase has been about two percent each year.
Dean Beyer Jr., a wildlife research biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources isn’t sure what’s causing the slowdown in population growth.
There is speculation that warmer temperatures, which can increase the numbers of white-tail deer, are responsible, because the deer carry a parasite that is lethal to moose.