A moose die-off across North America have scientists very concerned at the alarming rate that the moose are disappearing prompting an investigation. The moose die-off worries reach to New Hampshire, Minnesota, Montana and elsewhere that the moose were once plentiful and very much at home in the North America terrain, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 14.
Climate change is the top suspected culprit in this moose die-off, as the winters are getting shorter and the summer temperatures are rising. Moose are cold-climate animals and when the temp hits above 23 Fahrenheit, they have to work harder to cool their bodies.
This is suspected to be causing more deaths from heat exhaustion. Moose are not like other animals, they are loners. So when they die, they die alone, making it harder to find moose carcasses for doing a necropsy. A dead moose decomposes quickly so a necropsy is only possible if the creature is found within 24-hours of its death.
Unplanned hunting and wolves killing the moose off is another theory floating around today. The truth is, scientists have no idea why these moose are dying off at this alarming rate.
Hopefully a $1.2 million study in January that entails catching, tagging and releasing moose in order to monitor them will offer up some hints. This is the type of study that should help shed some light on this problem.
The moose is equipped with a GPS electronic monitor so the moose’s position will be known. If the animal’s heart stops beating this alerts the researchers and they can get out there and scoop the moose while the carcass is fresh enough for a necropsy. This is the scientists best chance to determine what is causing the moose die-off.
While the study is based in Minnesota, it is hopeful the information gained from this research will decipher what is going on with the moose across the northern states.