Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:13 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
LINCOLN COUNTY - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has begun a moose study in three areas across the state, with one area focused near Libby, in light of decreasing moose populations and declining hunter opportunity.
Last week, 12 cow moose were darted and captured in the East Cabinet study area south of Libby and fitted with radio collars.
Wildlife biologist John Vore says this 10-year study has been a long time coming.
"Well, we biologists here in region one in Northwest Montana, for a long time have been concerned about moose," he said. "And not only because of what we've been seeing but what sportsmen have been telling us, we don't know if it's habitat changes, in the way that the moose use the habitat, that has decreased the sightings of moose, or what. So we for a long time have been interested in getting a study going."
Vore said for years he and other FWP biologists have noticed a decline in moose sightings.