Do You Love Moose?
A friend forwarded this information to me so I am sharing it with all of you with hopes you will share it with others to help save our moose.
STATE REP. MCNAMARA AND SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN WANT TO END FUNDING FOR RESEARCH INTO WHY MINNESOTA’S MOOSE HERD IS DECLINING AT A HEARING AT 7P.M. TOMORROW NIGHT. WITHOUT THIS RESEARCH, WILDLIFE MANAGERS WILL BE POWERLESS TO TAKE ACTION AND SAVE MOOSE FROM EXTIRPATION IN OUR STATE.
Today’s Star-Tribune described the situation. The two Republicans who run the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Natural Resources are threatening to end funding for research into why Minnesota’s moose population is declining. At the current rate, moose will be extirpated from our state in a few decades, if not sooner. The money for this research comes from the Environmental Trust Fund, which is funded by the lottery. Rep. McNamara and Sen. Ingebrigtsen say they believe the money shouldn’t go towards this research (they don’t believe in climate change), and instead want the money to go strictly into habitat work (like mowing grasslands for pheasants).
Here’s the Star-Tribune story: http://www.startribune.com/local/117463773.html And here’s a story I wrote about the crisis and why this research is so important: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/julaug08/moose.html
I sent the below letter this afternoon. Please send your note to Rep. Dennis McNamara at email@example.com and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also CC: your state representative and senator.
Thanks for your help, and feel free to send this email around. The LCCMR hearing is tomorrow night, so we all have to move quickly.
A response already…
Thx for your email about studying the moose population in NE
Mn. I am disappointed that the Star Trib characterized my frustration
with so many studies in the current LCCMR to mean I was against THIS
study. That is wrong!
It is important that we try and learn why this unfortunate decline is
happening and I support funding that will try to find the answers. Thx
Representative Denny McNamara
Chair of the Committee on Environment, Energy
and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
375 State Office Building