Moose population will more than double

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010

FAIRBANKS - It's the calving season and Alaska's moose population will more than double in the next three weeks.

However, it won't take long for bears and wolves to take advantage of the boom.

The month-long moose calving season began almost two weeks ago. State wildlife biologists say approximately 120,000 moose calves will be born by the first week of June.

Fairbanks moose research biologist Rod Boertje says of that number only about 30,000 will survive a year. Most of the calves that perish will be killed by black bears, grizzly bears or wolves soon after they are born.

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