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While moose are vanishing from the forest, they're thriving on the prairie

Biologists are looking at what might account for the success of moose on the North Dakota prairie, while their Minnesota forest cousins are disappearing. One theory is that diseases carried by forest parasites are not found on the prairie.
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Biologists are looking at what might account for the success of moose on the North Dakota prairie, while their Minnesota forest cousins are disappearing. One theory is that diseases carried by forest parasites are not found on the prairie.

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