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Massive study to begin to track moose decline in Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- A new research project is being launched in Minnesota to determine why the moose population is declining in the state.

The Department of Natural Resources will use GPS and other technology to help track the animals.

As of last March, the state's moose population was estimated at around 4,200--a 14-percent decline from the previous year's estimate--and less than half of what it was in 2006. Officials say parasites, diseases and warmer weather may be among the reasons for the decline.

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