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Motorcyclists injured after colliding with moose in northern Minnesota

It's the second moose collision reported in Minnesota this week.

A couple from International Falls were injured in a collision with a moose on Friday.

Kenneth, 67, and Mary Ann Shoberg, 65, were traveling along Hwy. 6 just east of Big Falls, Koochiching County, when a moose ran across the road.

It struck their Yamaha motorcycle, with the pair both sustained injuries that are fortunately not life-threatening.

The State Patrol did not provide an update as to the moose's condition.

It's the second incident in the space of a few days where a moose has been in collision with a vehicle in Minnesota.

On Monday, a Pontiac Grand Am was traveling north on Hwy. 169 in Aitkin County, east of Brainerd, when it struck a moose.

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The 25-year-old driver, Jaime Wurtz of Otsego, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

At the last count in 2017, there were approximately 3,710 moose remaining in Minnesota, down significantly from the 8,840 estimated in 2006.

The Pioneer Press reports the biggest causes of moose deaths are wolves, infections and parasites.

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