Moose populations on the Canadian side of the Quetico-Superior region’s international boundary are also showing long-term declines according to aerial surveys by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
The Atikokan Progress reports the story, HERE, in Part II of its coverage of climate change in the region.
The population decline, especially a dramatic decrease in moose numbers in 2009, prompted Quetico Provincial Park to partner with University of Minnesota, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Voyageurs National Park, and the Superior National Forest in a VHF-collar research program.
A companion story in the Progress, HERE, notes the historic rise in temperatures in and around Atikokan. Rising temperature are considered an important factor in the decline in moose populations in the area.
Researchers in Canada are also monitoring lake temperatures in the region to see if temperature changes are likely to affect fish species.