Like the Minnesota moose population the Ontario moose population is also on decline. According to a recent article in the Quetico Superior Publication the numbers have declined by 20% in the last decade. What is causing the decline?
“Scientists haven’t identified a single cause of declining moose populations, but the broad geographic scale and synchronous nature of these trends has led some to suggest that there may be common factors driving moose declines across the region,” Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe wrote. “Part of the difficulty in determining the cause is the range of pressures on moose, which include habitat degradation, disease and parasites (e.g., winter ticks), hunting, predation, and severe weather. Climate change will exacerbate many of these pressures.”
While hunting is no longer allowed in Minnesota it is in Ontario and to some that doesn’t make sense.