Because moose are built to live in cold environments, our warming climate puts them at increased risk of overheating, leading to malnutrition and lowered immune systems. Making matters worse, ticks and other parasites that harm moose thrive with rising temperatures.
These threats -- along with habitat destruction from logging and mining in the North Woods -- are pushing moose to the brink in the upper Midwest. In fact, Minnesota has already lost more than half of its moose, and scientists have warned that the animals could disappear from the state within five years if the trend isn't reversed.
Fortunately there's still hope for preserving this piece of the region's natural heritage: In response to a petition from the Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that moose in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota may warrant federal protection.
Join others in defending these beautiful giants of the North Woods. Urge the Service to quickly move forward with protections for moose.
June 15, 2016 Action Alert ID# 387
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