Public Moose Pictures July 2009 - October 2009
Public Moose Pictures October 2009 - October 2010
Public Moose Pictures October 2010 - December 2012
Sightings Report summary from 9/30/2010
1201 sightings of moose have been reported to this website since 2009 (Figure 1) Most reports are from what is currently considered core moose range in northeast Minnesota. The other most common source of moose sightings in Minnesota is from northwest Minnesota, an area that was also considered core Minnesota moose range until the late 1990’s when the population fell from more than 4,000 animals to less than 100 in a decade.
Moose attract attention wherever they are present and we occasionally get reports of moose in central and southern Minnesota. While unusual, these reports may be valid. It would be hard to mistake a moose for a deer, horse, cow, or bison. However, we have not verified any of the sightings reports that we have received.
Figure 1. Locations of Minnesota moose sightings reported since 2009.
Moose zones in northeast Minnesota designate the boundary of the annual moose survey and are also used to assign hunting permits based on moose density. Minnesota DNR and tribal biologists use helicopters to perform annual aerial surveys for moose throughout this area (Lenarz 2012). The number of moose counted are used to estimate the population size. In 2012 there were an estimated 4,300 moose in northeast Minnesota. The annual moose survey for 2013 has recently finished and results should be available soon Since 2009, 57% of moose sightings have been reported to us from the survey area (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Locations of moose sightings reported since 2009 from within moose hunting zones in northeast Minnesota.
Within moose range in northeast Minnesota is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) This wilderness recreation area has produced 20% of sightings reported to us since 2009 (Figure 3). Most reports are from the eastern portion of the BWCA, which generally has a higher density of moose.
Figure 3. Locations of moose sightings reported from the BWCA, Minnesota.