The moose is a symbol of Minnesota – it would be hard to imagine a picture that says “the north woods” without placing a moose in the middle of it.
But Minnesota’s real moose population is facing a serious decline. The Department of Natural Resources recently announced survey results showing that the moose population is down 35% from last year. Biologists and veterinarians are working hard to figure out what’s behind this shocking decline.
You can find out more about this effort at the DNR website, through the University of Minnesota, and at the website for a new non-profit established by Minneapolis bakery owner Robin Johnson, called Save Minnesota Moose.
There's also a Facebook page dedicated to collecting information about moose research.
KFAI’s Stacie Robinson talked about the problem with DNR veterinarian Erika Butler.