Moose permit numbers halved since 1960s
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: January 12, 2019

The Billings Gazette’s Susan Dunlap wrote an interesting piece about climate change concerns in the state, and it included a very interesting break down of moose permits issued over the past few years.

Dunlap wrote:

“FWP allotted as many as 836 hunter’s tags for moose in 1962. In 1995, the state issued 769 tags to hunters for moose. But by 2014 hunters drew only 367 moose tags. In addition, DeCesare said the number of days hunters need to bag a moose have increased from seven days per harvest year in the late 1980s to 14 days per harvest year in 2013 and 2014.

Because of that, FWP initiated a 10-year study of moose in three different locations in Montana: in the Rocky Mountain Front west of Choteau, in the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby and in the Big Hole Valley, south of Butte. The study is in its third year.

DeCesare said that over the first two years of the study FWP saw 22 percent of cow moose die annually in the Big Hole Valley.” 

The complete article can be found here: https://billingsgazette.com/outdoors/climate-change-effects-revealed-in-montana/article_9c8ff925-400e-51e4-8fdb-bedcc8210c5c.html