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Moose to be collared for population study

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department plans to capture and put radio collars on up to 90 female moose as part of a long-term study of the animal's population, which has been declining since the mid-1990s.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/Vj85LA) that FWP biologist Nick DeCesare will start within the next few weeks to collar moose in the Cabinet Mountains in the northwest, the Big Hole Valley in the southwest and along the Rocky Mountain Front. He says he plans to collar about a dozen cows in each area this year, but hopes to increase that to about 30 in each region.

Biologists will track the animals for at least 10 years and also monitor their habitat to see if environmental changes affect moose survival.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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