Researchers Trying to Figure Out Why Moose Population Declining in NH

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/03 2014 12:03PM

Updated 02/03 2014 06:20PM

CONCORD, N.H. - Researchers are trying to figure out why the moose population is declining in New Hampshire.

A press release says in a moose study, 43 moose were captured and collared during the first two weeks of the study. Researchers were anticipating to capture and collar 45.

"Moose are not on the verge of disappearing from the New Hampshire landscape, but they are declining," said Moose biologist Kristine Rines. "Regional moose populations are facing some serious threats. We don't know what the future holds for our moose, but we’re hopeful that a combination of research and management efforts will allow us to do all we can to secure the future of New Hampshire’s invaluable moose resources."

The collared moose will be tracked and monitored by a University of New Hampshire graduate student. The collars usually transmit for about 4 years.

A press release says researchers are trying to figure out whether winter ticks or other diseases or parasites are causing the decline in the moose population.

The study was funded by federal Wildlife Restoration with support of matching funds from the University of New Hampshire.

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