I have a moose head on the wall of my lodge at the end of Minnesota's Gunflint Trail so it's not that I'm against moose hunting. I am all for hunting if the moose herd population can handle it.
When I first moved up to the end of Minnesota's Gunflint Trail 20 years ago we would commonly see 10 or more moose on a one-way(56 mile) trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota in the winter. Our record was 17 moose in the 56 mile stretch! This winter when I have driven the Gunflint Trail I have had numerous times when I haven't seen a single moose. The most I have seen in one night is 2!
Despite study after study and a drastic decline in the moose population the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continues to offer a moose hunt in northeastern Minnesota. Aerial surveys estimate the herd size at 4,230 in 2012 and in 2006 the population was 8,840 moose. In December, the DNR listed the moose as a “species of concern” under the state’s Endangered Species Act but the DNR doesn't see a good biological reason not to allow a moose hunt again this year.
I don't see a good biological reason to allow another moose hunt in Minnesota until the population increases.
I love to see moose, they are majestic beautiful animals that are an icon of the Gunflint Trail. I get excited every time I see one and have seen the excited faces of thousands of people during my 20 years as a resident and business owner on the Gunflint Trail.
I want to continue to see moose and see other people enjoy seeing moose on the Gunflint Trail. Can you please sign my petition so people have a better chance of seeing a live moose in Minnesota instead of a dead one in the back of a pick-up truck?
I want the Minnesota DNR to stop allowing hunters to kill moose. I hope you do too.