Scientists Study Moose Survival in Maine
When people think of wildlife in the state of Maine, the animal that comes to mind most often is the moose. The moose is not only one of the most popular animals in the state, it is also one of the animals that the state is looking to protect. Scientists within Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is looking to analyze how moose survive as they have now determined that March and April are key months for moose, especially newborns, survival.
Having collared 150 moose the scientists are looking to learn more about the way moose reproduce and survive. At this juncture, though it may be hard to believe, there is not very much known about how moose survive from the winter to the spring months. Through previous studies, scientists have determined that March and April are two months where moose die off rapidly, but they are now working on figuring out why this is so.
The March/April die-offs affect 10 and 11 month old moose more than moose of other ages, and there is no clear reason why this is the case. Maine’s Department is now in year 3 of a 5 year study that will be aimed at learning how to better manage the population of moose in the state. The moose population is still doing well, but scientists fear that overhunting and some climate issues may threaten the healthy herd.
Maine is a state that is best known for its wilderness, so it comes as no surprise that they are trying their hardest to stay on top of conservation efforts before any real issues arise. After all, it would be a bit strange to hear about moose in Maine dying off seeing as they are an animal that is quite representative of the state as a whole. Though there are 2 more years to go, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, this study finds out.