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ISSUE 159

Utah MRS: Moose

There is not much is new for changes for Utah moose in 2017. They seem to be holding steady generally and continue to decline in some areas. Tag allocations were identical in 2015 and 2016 and expected to be the same in 2017. The East Canyon Unit tag allocations dropped in 2015, but has held steady this year. Utah has a relatively small habitat area for the moose to thrive. Utah is on the edge of the territory and biologists think that the habitat is less stable than that of the habitat to the north. Considering the overall sensitivity of the species, it is not surprising to see the moose struggling, especially in the North Slopes and Uintah units which have seen substantial population decline over the past decade. This is consistent with many western states; moose are experiencing a long-term decline throughout the West. It has caught the attention of many and the wheels are in motion for a recovery plan.