I'm interested in hearing what everyone knows about moose in unit 7. Why is the population so sparse? What has led to the significant decline? How does the future look?
Background info: After spending a lot of time working in unit 7 and many conversations with local residents of this unit, I've learned that the moose numbers are MUCH lower than 10-20 years ago. I haven't had a chance to look at ADF&G Harvet Reports yet (thats the next step!) but found it interesting enough to get a thread going. I've heard reasons ranging from the difficult winter conditions, to low calf survival rates due to bear predation, to a fairly recent successful wolf transplant.
Can anyone shed light on the situation and give traction to any of these arguements?