02 Sep '12, 12pm

Minnesota Moose Mystery: Is Climate Change Killing this Icon of the North?

Minnesota Moose Mystery: Is Climate Change Killing this Icon of the North?

It seems like every third business in Northern Minnesota has "moose" in its name, reflecting the importance of the iconic mammal on local culture. But if current trends continue, the word on commercial signage may be the only trace left of the moose population in northern Minnesota. An unexplained population crash in the northwestern corner of the state has led to the near extinction of the moose in that territory. Naturalists fear that moose in the northeastern quadrant are following the same pattern. Finding answers rivals a crime scene investigation, as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota moose lovers seek answers that can help put a stop to further moose deaths. Reports have attributed moose decline to climate change , but a local reporter this week says there are "still too many questions to link moose decline to climate change." Marshall Helmberge...

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