Barrett, Joe (2015, May 1). Minnesota Moose Study Curbed After Harm to Animals. The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/minnesota-moose-study-curbed-after-harm-to-animals-1430522616
[excerpted] …State officials this past week ordered scientists to stop adding new subjects to research into what is killing off the moose after some studied animals were abandoned or died.Majia here: I respect and support scientific inquiry on the reasons behind animal mortality events, but it is my belief that scientific findings are insufficient to move the policy makers and public opinion in the directions necessary for our long-term survival.
…About a quarter of young moose collared with GPS devices in the past two years were abandoned by their mothers to a near-certain death if state officials hadn’t intervened and sent several of them to a zoo. And a higher-than-expected number of adult moose handled this year failed to recover from sedation after being fitted with the collars.
…The population of the ungulates, which average between 950 and 1,000 pounds, has fallen by more than 60% to an estimated 3,450 this year, compared with about 8,840 in 2006, said state officials.
A resurgent wolf population, mild winters that allow ticks and other disease-carrying pests to survive, and other maladies are among the culprits, but scientists say they can’t be sure why the population is falling so quickly....