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Moose radio-collared in Crookston dies

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A young cow moose that frequented the Crookston area during the spring and early summer has died, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

City and DNR officials repeatedly tried to chase the moose out of town, but it kept returning. DNR wildlife staff was finally able to capture the moose with a dart gun June 24.

They fitted her with a satellite radio collar and transported her to the Caribou Wildlife Management Area in Kittson County.

“She had been very active and occasionally seen in the Lake Bronson area for much of August after moving south from her release site,” said Ross Hier, area DNR wildlife supervisor in Crookston. “In mid-September, her collar indicated she was not moving with great frequency.”

Concerned with her lack of activity, Christine Reisz, the area wildlife supervisor in Karlstad, located the moose. Reisz found her alive and appearing healthy yet reluctant to move. Days later, her collar indicated no movement. DNR moose researchers responded and discovered she had died.

Various biological samples were taken on site, and the cow’s remains were transported to the University of Minnesota Veterinarian School for further testing.

“At this time, her cause of death is not known,” Hier said.

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