MONITORING NORWEIGAN MOOSE POPULATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT PURPOSES
The present status and management policy in Norway is briefly presented. The annual bag has in the late 1980’s been quite stable of about 25 000 moose. Management strategies are discussed. Priority is given to identification of regional moose populations, for which it is an important aim to make specific management plans. Hunter observation is the commonly used census method. In the population model CERSIM these observations are used as entry data together with hunting statistics and various population parameters to simulate the population size, age- and sex composition and development retrospectively. Population dynamics in moose can be strongly affected even by small changes in population parameters. It is important to monitor the populations regularly in order to discover changes at an early stage. Contents in a monitoring program is suggested.
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