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Annual Hunt Allowed Despite Declining Moose Population

Annual Hunt Allowed Despite Declining Moose Population

Despite the fact that the estimated moose population in Minnesota this year comes in at 4,230, fourteen percent down from last year, Minnesota’s DNR intends to allow state-licensed hunters to kill moose this fall. Officials expect about 50 bull moose to be killed, with the majority of those being hunted by native Ojibwe tribes in northern Minnesota.

The moose advisory committee that advises the DNR recommends that the annual moose hunting season be discontinued only under three conditions: “the bull-to-cow ratio drops below 67 bulls per 100 cows for three straight years, hunter success drops below 30 percent for three consecutive years, or if hunter success in a particular zone drops below 20 percent for three years in a row” (necn.com) Apparently, none of these conditions has yet come to pass– so the hunt goes on.

The experts say that this year’s hunt won’t adversely affect next year’s moose population because the number of bulls killed will still leave plenty to mate with female moose and produce sufficient offspring. But the fact is that about 50 moose are expected to be killed this fall — and that’s 50 fewer moose left in the Minnesota woods, no matter which way you slice it. Last year, 53 moose were killed during the fall hunt, and this year there are 14 percent fewer moose. Is that a coincidence?

Some are chalking the declining moose population up to climate change and disease. And while that may be true, it seems silly to actively encourage the killing of animals whose populations are obviously decreasing.

Should only native Ojibwe hunters should qualify for permits, and then only if they hunt using traditional methods? For them, hunting moose is an ancestral tradition and likely necessary for their survival. What purpose does hunting serve for non-Native American Minnesotans? And is the loss of more moose worth it?

Share your thoughts on hunting in the comments below.

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2:05AM PDT on May 5, 2013

thank you for sharing

11:13PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

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7:42AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:12PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Only men would have this logic. The moose population is definitely on the decline, so guess what.....? Let's hunt them down and kill some more! Rather than cherish every single one we still have, they're going to allow the ever present, ever armed hunters to slaughter "just a few". Oh, that's ok, we'll still have babies next year. Maybe not as many. But what the hell. As long as hunters get to kill something, they're happy. I guess when all the animals are dead, somehow they'll figure out a way to initiate a hunt on a segment of the poorer or the sicker of the humans. What the hell, it's just a hunt after all and as long as they can kill, kill, kill......

6:18PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

When will humans thirst for blood end?

3:53PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

So they are going to let the murderers loose to kill a declining population of Moose?!? So hunter scumbags, your overpopulation BALDERDASH is the great big lie exposed, although anyone with any common sense knew this already!!
!! You are simply killers, psychopathic, impotent, midget dicked, cowardly serial killers, destroyers of wildlife, the human race is a scourge on the planet, a malevolent cancer, an overproducing, poisonous, viral menace!!!! This is unconscionable!!!

1:59PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

We will be true humans when we start treating our fellow beings on this earth in a compassionate and humane way. God resides in the heart of every being and to harm another being is to bring harm to God.

1:31PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

IT IS BARBARIC, CRUEL OUTRAGEOUS, APALLING, DISGUSTING TO KILL SUCH A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC, ICONIC, FANTASTIC ANIMAL, THE MOOSE!!!
PEOPLE WHO KILL THESE CREATURES ARE LOWLIFE, IGNORANT, COWARDLY, SCUM OF THE EARTH!! THEY SHOULD BE SHOT!!

1:31PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

IT IS BARBARIC, CRUEL OUTRAGEOUS, APALLING, DISGUSTING TO KILL SUCH A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC, ICONIC, FANTASTIC ANIMAL, THE MOOSE!!!
PEOPLE WHO KILL THESE CREATURES ARE LOWLIFE, IGNORANT, COWARDLY, SCUM OF THE EARTH!! THEY SHOULD BE SHOT!!

12:19PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

minnestoa's dnr sucks - they are lazy and non-commital to protecting mn wildlife, they always have excuses and no answers to everything they get involved in..

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