Moose die-off concerns have prompted researchers to investigate what's killing these animals. Christian Post reports Oct. 15 that an article from the New York Times released details surrounding reasons for the alarming moose die-off in the U.S.
Researchers have discovered that climate change and pests are probable factors in the declining moose population. Moose die-off statistics in the state of Minnesota was pointed out in the report as once being the home for two separate moose populations, but one of those has been reduced to just 100 moose and the other is steadily decreasing by 25 percent per year.
In another observation of the study, moose continue to die in Montana at a consistent rate despite hunting permits there being reduced from 769 in 1995 to only 362 in 2012.
Shorter winters compared to those of 20 years ago mixed with longer fall seasons and less snow studied in New Hampshire, are believed to be the underlying reasons for the moose die-off. This provides excellent conditions for winter ticks to thrive on.
Another factor in the die-offs? Moose have less energy and suffer exhaustion when temperatures rise above 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Predators such as wolves as well as unplanned hunting may also contribute to the moose die-off.