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Moose Count Is Up But Not Significantly


ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - The 2014 aerial moose survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows no significant change in the moose population even though more animals were seen than last year.  Results of the survey put the statewide moose population at 4,350 compared to last year's count of 2,760.  Wildlife Manager Lou Cornicelli says the higher number is likely related to ideal survey conditions rather than an increase in the population.  This year's heavy snow across northeastern Minnesota made it easier to spot the moose.  The long term trend still shows a significant drop in the number of moose in the state from an estimated 8,840 in 2006.  The aerial surveys have been conducted by the DNR since 1960.