Sightings Reports and How We Can Use them

To report a sick or dead moose

To report a sick or dead moose please use the reporting network set up by DNR Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Erika Butler. Go to the Sick or Dead Moose Reporting page.

Quick arrival by biologists at a carcass means more can be learned. Reports submitted to the website may be delayed for hours.

Visit the Diseases and Parasites page on this website to see some of the diseases and parasites being tested for.

Cow with brainworm

To report a healthy moose

Sightings reports of moose that appear healthy from agency personnel and the public are useful for several reasons immediately, and the value of sightings reports will increase over time. Among the ways that we can use sightings reports:

  1. Sightings reports provide a general record of moose moose distribution across Minnesota. We'd especially like reports about moose outside the Northeast.
  2. We'll have an additional source of input for moose distribution outside of the aerial survey (see below).
  3. Over time incidental data (e.g., presence of calf with cow) could be cumulatively useful.
  4. Sightings reports and pictures will show you, the reader, general areas of moose locations in Minnesota.
  5. Pictures will provide an indication of habitat types, and additional evidence of sighting verification.

You can never say exactly where a moose will be at a given time, but when we get enough reports we'll put a map on the website showing general locations of all the sightings reports. Reports will be biased by factors such as where people drive, common tourist destinations, and traffic frequency, but can still be used for general indication of moose presence, especially in northwest Minnesota. The low density of moose in northwest Minnesota, and less aerial survey effort makes sightings reports even more valuable.

We'll emphasize that these sightings reports can not replace the aerial moose survey conducted in January each year--but they do provide additional data on moose from other seasons, other areas, and other perspectives. We'll publicize the sightings report effort with press releases, information at DNR and Forest Service offices, and through articles like the one that just came out in White-tales, the magazine of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

We appreciate the time people take to fill out a sightings report, and will answer any questions you might have. Go directly to the Sightings Report page, or click on the "Report Moose Sightings" link below.