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Solved: Deer Have Direct Role in Death of Minnesota Moose

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:04 PM by chloe owens

11/7/17, by Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune

Solved: Deer have direct role in death of Minnesota moose

Unlike deer, moose have not developed defenses against parasites, which can damage their brains, nervous systems and livers. After spending millions of dollars and tracking hundreds of moose with GPS collars, scientists have pinpointed the primary culprit behind the animal’s ever-shrinking numbers in Minnesota. It’s the deer. Parasites they carry into Minnesota’s North Woods have emerged as the leading cause of death for moose, state and tribal biologists have concluded. But solving that mystery creates a thornier one: How can state wildlife managers balance efforts to save the iconic moose with the demands of hunters who want more deer in Minnesota’s far North Woods?