A Tale of Two Moose Populations:
Moose Research in Northern Minnesota and Isle Royale

Bill Severud, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota and Liz Dengate, Connections Coordinator, Minnesota Zoo
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Moose are an iconic species both in northern Minnesota and on the island park of Isle Royale, a dozen or so miles off shore in Lake Superior. While we’ve seen declines in moose populations in Minnesota in recent years, their numbers are climbing at Isle Royale. What are the differences between these two north woods populations? What unique threats do moose face in the wild? How do they relate to wolves, their main predators, and the rest of their ecosystem? Learn more about these enormous animals, the ongoing research with both calves and adults, and predictions for their future.

Liz Dengate will walk you through the stories and insights from Isle Royale’s long-running wolf-moose study (which is reaching a critical point this fall), as well as sharing her own experience as a park ranger on the island and a volunteer with the wolf-moose research team. Then, Bill Severud will share a history of moose in Minnesota, an overview of the research methods he uses, and insights from ongoing research on moose calf and adult mortality. What does the future hold for moose?

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Accessibility:  This program will have live open captioning and an Assistive Listening System is available upon request. General accessibility information is available at mnzoo.org. To request specific disability accommodations, ASL interpretation, or information in an alternative format, please follow the directions on that page or contact Claire Ross at 952-431-9364 or email [email protected]

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