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More protections denied for Upper Midwest moose

More protections denied for Upper Midwest moose Photo: Minnesota DNR photo, file

JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press
Updated: September 15, 2020 05:53 PM

Federal officials have denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose in four upper Midwestern states.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday ruled the population of “the northwestern subspecies” of moose found in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota is stable. The agency also there was no notable differences with similar moose across the border in Canada, where the population is healthy.

Two environmental groups filed a petition in 2016 asking for the designation after moose in Minnesota, which has the region’s largest moose population, suffered a decline in the decade prior.

More information on the decision is posted on the USFWS' Species of Concern website.

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JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

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