AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE PROCESS TO PLAN MOOSE MANAGEMENT IN MINNESOTA

Amanda M McGraw, Ron Moen, Grant Wilson, Andrew Edwards, Rolf Peterson, Louis Cornicelli, Mike Shrage, Lee Frelich, Mark Lenarz, Dennis Becker

Abstract


Concern over the decline of moose in Minnesota led to a Legislative Session Law mandating that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) develop a Moose Management and Research Plan (MMP).  Prior to developing the MMP, the DNR was required to form a Moose Advisory Committee (MAC).  The MAC met 8 times in August 2008-July 2009 and  provided management and research recommendations to the DNR in a 45-page report available on the internet.  This paper details the MAC process and serves as a reference for agencies that find themselves in a similar management circumstance.  Procedural decisions, planning needs, and development of the final report are discussed herein.


Keywords


Alces alces; Minnesota; moose; Moose Advisory Committee; Moose Management Plan

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