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Moose Shortage on the Kenai Peninsula; Habitat or Predatory Related?

[large thumbnail url=”moose-shortage-on-the-kenai-peninsula-habitat-or-predatory-related” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”moose-shortage-on-the-kenai-peninsula-habitat-or-predatory-related” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″] Aerial wolf control on the Kenai Peninsula: a controversial solution to low moose populations is just one of the proposals that has state biologists and environmental and animal conservation groups on opposite ends.

If you’ve visited the Kenai Peninsula lately, you may not have seen as many moose as usual.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the bull-to-cow ratio is currently below department standards, and moose populations on some parts of the peninsula have been low for nearly a decade.

State biologists said it’s a shortage partially caused by poor habitat.

“There simply isn’t enough food to support the moose to take us within objective levels,” said Mark Burch, ADF&G regional supervisor.

But there’s another explanation as well. Because of an increase in Kenai Peninsula wolf populations, Burch said the department and the Alaska Board of Game are considering an aerial wolf control program to bring the moose population back up to an acceptable level…

Read the entire article on ktva.com: Moose Shortage on the Kenai Peninsula; Habitat or Predatory Related?

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