More protections denied for moose in 4 upper Midwest states

More protections denied for moose in 4 upper Midwest states
Federal officials have denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose in four upper Midwestern states. (Source: Ontario Fish and Wildlife)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials have denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose in four upper Midwestern states.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday ruled the population “the northwestern subspecies” of moose found in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is stable.

The agency also said there was no notable differences with similar moose across the border in Canada, where the population is healthy.

Two environmental groups filed a petition in 2016 asking for the designation after moose in Minnesota – which has the region’s largest moose population – suffered a decline in the decade prior.

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