Image of Day: Climate Change Affects Minnesota Moose
Climate change poses a threat to multiple wildlife species. While the polar bear gets a lot of the press as one of the species at risk of extinction due to climate change, the Northwestern moose, better known as the beloved cartoon character Bullwinkle, is another animal at risk in a warmer planet.
According to an article published in Scientific American, in the past six years, the moose populations of Minnesota have dropped by 50 percent, a rate truly puzzling to biologists. Researchers fear there is a relationship between the high rate of moose deaths and the warming temperatures of Minnesota. Heat stress and increased populations of ticks and other pests, possibly due to climate change, are decreasing the moose’s ability to survive.
Check out The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends interactive to see how much Minnesota is warming.
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