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to research dwindling moose population
Jan. 10, 2013
SAINT PAUL - Minnesota researchers will soon get text messages
from dead moose.
A new research project is aimed at understanding an alarming decline
in the state's moose count. Through a combination of GPS technology
and implanted devices, researchers think they can get a better
handle on the locations and causes of death for dead moose.
It's key because moose carcasses deteriorate quickly or become food
for prey, meaning resource officials can't get a good read on what's
causing them to die off. Last year there were an estimated 4,200
moose in the state - about half as many as in 2006.
The $1.6 million study will track 150 adult moose and calves. In
those with implanted devices, researchers will get a text message
upon the animal's death allowing for quick retrieval.
By The Associated Press
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