Minnesota DNR objects, but tribe to hold moose hunt this fall
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has announced plans to hold a moose hunt this fall for the first time since 2012. The season opens Saturday in northeastern Minnesota and will run through Dec. 31 or until 25 bull moose have been taken, according to the band’s website.
Both the band and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources had declined to hold moose hunts since 2012 because of the rapid decline in the state’s moose population. Minnesota’s moose population has declined from an estimated 8,840 animals in 2006 to about 4,000 this year, according to results of annual aerial surveys.
Wildlife officials with the DNR objected to the Fond du Lac Band’s plans to hold a moose hunt this fall, but band officials decided to proceed with the hunt, said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations manager.