Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Department of Natural Resources says the moose population in the state is declining.
According to the DNR 2015 moose population survey, 323 of the animals in the western Upper Peninsula, down from 451 in 2013.
From 1997 to 2007, surveys of prime moose areas in Baraga, Iron and Marquette counties suggested the population was growing at a rate of around ten-percent a year, but that slowed to two-percent a year from 2009 to 2013.
The DNR says future surveys will be needed to identify any long-term trend for Michigan’s moose population. The next survey is planned for early 2017.