September 20, 2020

A Study On Moose Survival

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The Jackson Hole Star Tribune has an article this morning by Whitney Royster about a graduate student’s moose survival study in the northwest area of Wyoming where for some unexplained reason, moose are on the decline while in other parts of the state, the herd is healthy and growing.

I found the story raising far more questions than answering them. If you are one of those that are interested in the science of wildlife management and learning more about how money is spent to conduct studies, you will want to read this article.

I understand enough about scientific studies to be dangerous and I realize that any scientific study cannot cover everything in. This study it is explained several times, is one about survivability of the moose not mortality, although the study shows that predation is playing a very small roll in the decline of moose in that region.

As you may know, Wyoming has always been quite vocal about predation on its game animals and ranch herds statewide. They are currently at odds with the Feds over coming up with an acceptible wolf management plan so the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can move forward on a plan to de-list the wolf from the endangered list.

Tom Remington

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