Moose are extremely well adapted to cold environments. Thanks to climate change, moose in the Midwest are dealing with longer summers, less snow, more ticks, and a shrinking habitable range.
In Minnesota, the moose population has declined 58 percent in the past decade, with just 3,500 remaining today.
On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the subspecies of moose that roams Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin as endangered.
“If we don’t protect them, moose could be lost forever from the North Woods,” Collette Adkins, CBD biologist and attorney, said in a statement.
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