Winter mortality, predation cancel Mat-Su moose hunt

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- High winter mortality has put the kabosh on cow moose hunting in the Matanuska-Susitna region, according to state wildlife officials.

The moose population in Game Management Unit 14A was hit hard last winter by mortality due to deep snow and kills by cars and trains.

Herman Griese, a Department of Fish and Game biologist in Palmer, said moose stocks in GMU 14A were also hurt by wolf predation.

Griese said roughly 30 percent of calves born in the Mat-Su region last fall didn't make it through the winter. The average winter mortality is about 20 percent.

The state didn't allow cow moose hunting last fall because populations had fallen below target numbers.

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