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Moose hunting season in Minnesota canceled

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La Crescent, MN, (WXOW) - Sad news for prospective moose hunters in the state of Minnesota.

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the 2013 moose hunting season will not open in the state of Minnesota due to the results of a new aerial survey recently conducted by the department. They survey concluded that the northeast population of moose declined 35 percent from last year, and has declined 52 percent since 2010.

 "The state's moose population has been in decline for years but never at the precipitous rate documented this winter," said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. "This is further and definitive evidence the population is not healthy. It reaffirms the conservation community's need to better understand why this iconic species of the north is disappearing from our state."

 A copy of the aerial survey report is available online at www.mndnr.gov/moose, a Web page that also provides field updates from moose researchers, an interactive map of the study area as well as photographs and video of field research activities.

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