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Forum Communications, Published December 10 2012

Moose may be added to endangered list

DULUTH – The moose will be one of 67 animals added to Minnesota’s official endangered species list under a proposal announced Monday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The moose, which has seen a dramatically declining population, will become an official species of concern on the new list – the first major update to problem species in Minnesota since 1996.

The updated endangered species list, in the works since 2007 and now open to public comment, also includes 114 native plants. Under the proposal, the state’s updated endangered species list would bulge from 439 species to 591 species.

The species of concern status for moose won’t limit whether hunting seasons can continue – that would happen if they move to threatened or endangered status.

The DNR will hold five public meetings across the state on its endangered proposals.