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Increasing bear hunt proves valuable to moose calves on Grand Portage land

Moose calves
Moose calves

In response to high predation rates of moose calves in recent years throughout northeastern Minnesota, wildlife officials from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa took a proactive approach to address the situation.

One direct means to negate calf predation from predators was to increase the number of bear Grand Portage band members can harvest annually. This includes adding a spring bear hunt and increasing the overall number of bear harvested each year on tribal lands. 

Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about increasing the number of bears band members can hunt each year and what the result has been with regard to survival of moose calves.  
 

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