Isle Royale moose population surges during wolf decline

U.S. 04/30/19, 10:00

Moose are thriving at Isle Royale National Park, but the trees on which they feast are paying a heavy price, scientists reported Tuesday.An estimated 2,060 of the lumbering beasts roam the island wilderness, according to a report by Michigan Technological University researchers who spend weeks there each winter observing the ...

Alaska moose-hunter can ‘rev up’ his hovercraft, court rules

U.S. 03/26/19, 10:33

An Alaska moose hunter can "rev up his hovercraft" in search of moose, the Supreme Court says. The court on Tuesday limited the National Park Service's authority to enforce laws and regulations on state-owned rivers in Alaska. Justices held unanimously that the Park Service can't enforce a ban on amphibious vehicles ...

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

U.S. 03/21/19, 18:26

A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:13

A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday.The female was among four wolves relocated from ...

Moose wanders into Alaska hospital building

Amazing 01/08/19, 04:50

A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city Monday — and Stephanie Hupton was ready to capture the visit with her phone camera.Hupton works in billing at a physical therapy office inside a building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. When a patient mentioned security staffers ...

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

U.S. 12/11/18, 18:18

An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to ...

Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

U.S. 11/05/18, 13:39

The Supreme Court sounds skeptical of the National Park Service's authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state. The justices heard arguments Monday in a case that tests the limits of the federal government's authority in a state in ...

Winter ticks taking a toll on moose calves in New England

Health 10/21/18, 09:42

Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal — that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood.Those are the findings from a new study in the Canadian Journal of Zoology that ...

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