CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved a 4-year, $695,000 study of the state's moose population, which state biologists fear is threatened by climate change.
State biologists believe shorter winters cause problems for the herd by giving a boost to ticks and other parasites that target the state's nearly 5,000 moose.
The Concord Monitor says the money will be used to put radio collars on 80 to 100 moose and track their reproduction and mortality rates. The funding is coming from the federal government and is being coordinated by Fish and Game and the University of New Hampshire.
The herd was last studied in 2006. The results of the new study will help the state manage the moose population by adjusting the number of moose-hunting permits.
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