Moose Populations


Moose are found throughout the province of Manitoba ranging south from the U.S border, north to the Nunavut Territory. Until recently, there has been only an occasional report of moose in the prairie region of southern Manitoba, but populations have now become established in the Pembina and Souris River Valleys. They are also found in Spruce Woods Provincial Forest and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park in southwestern Manitoba from where they were absent until as late as the early 1970’s.


The moose population in Manitoba is about 27,000 animals. Populations in accessible southern areas are at lower than desired levels. The demand for consumptive use of moose continues to exceed supply in the more accessible areas. Discussions with user groups regarding moose population recovery are ongoing. First Nations, Métis and licensed hunters actively harvest the moose. Equitable distribution of sustainable harvest, providing opportunity for all stakeholders, will require constructive consultation.

As additional forestry and recreational development occurs east of Lake Winnipeg and north and east of The Pas, more intensive management will be required to ensure that the moose population can be maintained.


North America:
In Canada : There are an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 moose with 150,000 in Newfoundland in 2007 descended from just four that were introduced in the 1900s.

In United States : probably around 300,000, as follows:
Alaska: The state’s Department of Fish and Game estimated 200,000 in 2011.
Northeast: A wildlife ecologist estimated 50,000 in New York and New England in 2007, with expansion expected.
Rocky Mountain states: Wyoming is said to have the largest share in its 6-state region, and its Fish and Game Commission estimated 7,692 in 2009.
Upper Midwest: Michigan estimated 433 (in its Upper Peninsula) in 2011, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 20–40 (close to its UP border with Michigan) in 2003, Minnesota 5600 in its northeast in 2010, and under 100 in its northwest in 2009; North Dakota closed, due to low moose population, one of its moose-hunting (geographic) units in 2011, and issued 162 single-kill licenses to hunters, each restricted to one of the remaining nine units.

Europe and Asia:
Finland : In 2009, there was a summer population of 115,000 moose.
Norway : In 2009, there were a winter population of around 120,000 moose. In 2015 31,131 moose were shot. In 1999, a record number of 39,422 moose were shot.
Latvia : in 2015, there were 21,000 moose.
Estonia : 13,260 individuals
Poland : 2,800 individuals
Czech Republic : maximum of 50 animals
Russia : In 2008, there were approximately 730,000 moose.
Sweden : Summer population is estimated to be 300,000–400,000 moose. Around 100,000 are shot each fall.

Manitoba Moose (hockey mascot)


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