Skip to main content

Slight increase in northeast Minnesota's moose population

There are continued signs the previously reported moose decline has plateaued.

Minnesota's moose population continues to recover from sharp declines seen a decade ago.

Northeast Minnesota experienced a significant downturn in the moose population particularly between 2009 and 2012.

Around 8,840 of the animals were recorded in 2006, but by 10 years later that number had fallen by more than half.

That's why it's a good sign that the DNR's 2019 aerial moose survey estimated around 4,180 moose in the northeastern part of the state, which "reflects a 90 percent certainty that the moose population is between 3,250 and 5,580 animals."

Last year, only around 3,030 moose were estimated. The DNR says that moose numbers are "statistically unchanged" for the 8th year in a row, a sign of a stabilized population.

The DNR says that there are signs female moose are calving, but not enough are living a full year, with the calf survival rate from birth in spring to the following January said to be "stable but consistently low."

"We know from our research that adult female moose are getting pregnant,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose and deer project leader, in a press release. 

"The problem is there aren’t enough female moose that are successfully producing calves and raising them to one year. That’s a significant challenge in our efforts to maintain Minnesota’s moose population."

Despite the slight uptick in the population, DelGiudice says the animals' future in Minnesota remains uncertain, with the state's moose still at risk from disease, infection and wolves.

Wolves account for about two-thirds of moose calf deaths, the DNR notes.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.


Playtime over for the moose on Isle Royale ... the wolves are coming

The National Park Service confirmed they'll add 20-30 wolves to the island by 2023.

Moose licking car salt

Video: A close encounter with a Boundary Waters moose

The magnificent beast had a hankering for salt lick.

Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 11.56.52 AM

Minnesota's bat population is being decimated by disease

Huge declines have been noted, which in turn is helping mosquitoes flourish.