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A Minnesota moose researcher holds collared moose calf twins during 2013 efforts. Biologists have changed their tactics in recent weeks in an effort to reduce how many calves shave been abandoned by their mothers.(2013 photo courtesy of Glenn DelGiudice, Minnesota DNR)

Moose moms abandoning research calves

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DULUTH — Minnesota moose researchers the past two springs have tried to capture and place radio collars on newborn calves, only to have many of the moose mothers abandon their young.

The problem surfaced in 2013, during the first year of a major scientific study to find out why northeastern Minnesota’s moose population, including calf survival, has been crashing in recent years.

The situation became so dire last month that officials nearly canceled the entire project.

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