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      Moose population on slow increase since the 80's

      Catching a glimpse at a Moose is hit or miss.

      The Moose population has steadily grown in the last 29 years, but not as fast as anticipated.

      "You got to remember Moose in Michigan are on the southern fringe of their range and any species that's at the edge of their fringe of their range is never really going to be a very viable population," said Brian Roell, Wildlife Biologist, MDNR.

      Between 1985 and 1987 more than 30 Moose were air lifted from Canada and relocated to Michigamme with Moose Lift one and two. They have grown slowly over the years to around 500 now in the U.P.The DNR and others involved in the Moose Lifts say diseases may have hindered their growth.

      "Moose accidents, brain worm, and other diseases I think were a little more than what they thought, but it's still pretty good. What 500 Moose from originally 59," said Buck LeVasseur, covered the project on Discovering.

      The overall warmer temperatures of the U.P. also affected the population and the herd's diet.

      "It needs to take 40-50 pounds of browse a day.

      "Any time they have to go seek shade to stay cool particularly when it gets warmer in the winter that's time they can't spend eating.So, they're not getting the nutrition that they need," Roell said.

      DNR officials say this years snowier and colder winter is better for them.

      Currently they are two herds in the U.P. One is located in western Marquette County near Eastern Baraga County and the other in Luce county Near the Tahquamanon area.