Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feds Considering Endangered Listing for Moose in 4 States

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feds Considering Endangered Listing for Moose in 4 States

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. * Federal officials said Thursday that they would consider extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to moose in four upper Midwestern states, including Minnesota, where the hulking symbol of its northern woodlands has suffered a steep population decline in the past decade.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a petition submitted last year by two environmental groups had provided "substantial scientific or commercial information" that might justify designating the region's moose as endangered or threatened. The finding triggers a more detailed study, beginning with a 60-day period in which the public can submit information and comments.

The investigation deals only with moose that roam the forests and prairies of Minnesota, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, North Dakota and Wisconsin. …

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