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Published February 10 2013

Forum editorial: Moose program wins roses

Prairie roses: To the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for canceling the moose hunting season in response to a mysterious and precipitous decline in the population of the great animals. DNR wildlife experts aren’t sure what has caused the loss of moose in their traditional range, but the drop in numbers has been startling, and it continues. Suspending the hunting season, which accounts for culling of only about 2 percent of the moose herd, won’t stop the decline, but at this point it’s the only tool the DNR has to slow losses. Meanwhile, scientists will assess all factors – disease, climate changes and habitat loss – to determine why moose are dying off so rapidly.

Prairie roses: To the Cass County Historical Society and managers at Bonanzaville Pioneer Village near West Fargo on the opening last week of a Cass County Museum on the grounds of the pioneer village. The new museum is a wonderful complement to Bonanzaville as a showplace for artifacts and exhibits that celebrate the history of Cass County and the Red River Valley. And unlike the village, the museum will be open year-round and feature rotating exhibits. It’s a great addition to the history and heritage of the region.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.