Minnesota's moose population is stable for the 8th year in a row. Every year the Minnesota DNR does an aerial survey of the north east part of the state to estimate where the population is at.

Each year we conduct an aerial survey in northeastern Minnesota to estimate the moose (Alces alces) population and to monitor and assess changes in the overall status of the state’s largest deer species. Specifically, the primary objectives of this annual survey are to estimate moose abundance, percent calves, and calf:cow and bull:cow ratios


The survey covers about 5,985 square miles of the state, and was conducted January 3rd - 17th, 2019. After adjusting and number crunching, the DNR estimates that there are roughly 4,180 moose in Minnesota, which is just over 1,000 more than last year's estimate at 3,030.

Moose count in Minnesota started decling back in 2011, but counts have been steadily in the 3,000-4,000 range for the past 8 years allowing DNR officials to state that the population is stable. You can read their full report on the moose count from 2019 here! 

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