This is kind of interesting. Near Spokane, Washington, they have issues with nuisance moose and employ many of the same techniques we use around here to deal with nuisance bears . . .
To euthanize or tranquilize? That is the question state wildlife officials must ask as a last resort when moose become a high-risk threat to humans. Spokane officers have had to answer the question several times this winter.
“Each case is different,” Capt. Dan Rahn of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police said. “Putting a moose down or capturing and moving it away are both difficult decisions we’d rather not have to make. Public safety is our main concern.”
The Fish and Wildlife office in Spokane receives hundreds of moose-related calls or complaints a year, Rahn said.
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A couple of articles have surfaced over the last few days discussing wolves killing moose. You’d think wolves would choose an easier target, but apparently not. Here are the two write-ups . . .
Moose study begins in Northwest Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has begun a moose study in three areas across the state, with one area focused near Libby.
The agency is conducting the study in light of decreasing moose populations and declining hunter opportunity, according to a news release from Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Last week, 12 cow moose were darted, captured and fitted with radio collars in the East Cabinet study area south of Libby.
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Research shows Grand Teton wolves have taste for moose
Research shows wolves in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park have an appetite for moose during the wintertime.
Park and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers documented some 55 moose killed by wolves over the past three winters.
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Today’s Missoulian has an article on the increased number of poachers this year who seem to be killing game just to get a little ego boost . . .
The poacher who pulled the trigger on Maximus — one of Montana’s greatest grizzlies — left the big bear to waste.
So did the poacher who shot two wolves up near Glacier National Park. And the poacher who killed the big bull elk north of Columbia Falls. And the poacher who dropped the trophy bull moose down along the Jefferson.
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