Minnesota moose population highest in a decade despite predators and diseases


The moose population in northwestern Minnesota is almost extinct, which is why the DNR is focused on preserving the viable population in northeastern Minnesota. The 2022 population survey by DNR estimates the moose population in northeastern Minnesota at 4,700, at its highest since 2011.

Researchers say the population which remains 47% lower than it was just over 15 years ago. - remains at risk in the long run despite sustained population stability and reproductive successes. The estimated calf-cow ratio of 45 calves to 100 cows is an encouraging sign. Department of Natural Resources officials said in a statement:

Calves comprised an estimated 19% of the population and the estimated calf-cow ratio was 45 calves per 100 cows. This is the highest both indicators have been since 2005 when the population was near its peak and considered healthy. Both factors are indicators of potential improvement in reproductive success, which has a positive impact on population numbers.

There are four moose subspecies in North America, with the breed in Minnesota known as the Northwestern moose. Moose face numerous threats including health-related issues such as parasites, ticks, and bacterial infections. Wolf predation was the second most common cause of moose deaths, with calves being the most common prey.

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