Alaska Dispatch reports that moose are dying off at an unprecedented rate, and officials have no idea why. Officials say scientists are working to pin point what could be causing the decline, but aren't sure if it's a disease, hunting, something in the environment, or all of the above combined. The only thing they do know for sure is that – for the moment – they have no idea how to stop America's moose from dying by the thousands.
Reports indicate that New Hampshire has lost 2,400 of its 7,000 moose, while Montana has seen a 40% decline in its moose since 1995, and Wyoming is left with just 919 moose at last count. In fact, the only state reporting an increase in the moose population is Maine, which has 75,000 moose.
National Geographic states that moose have a life span of 15 to 20 years, reaching nearly 6 foot in heighth, and weighting as much as 1,800 pounds.
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