Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering the Department of Natural Resources to stop putting radio collars on moose for research, citing the deaths of adult moose and abandonment of calves. The governor signed an executive order Tuesday.
"When you're damaging the breed that you're trying to study, it's just not right." Gov. Dayton said. "We've got enough information now. We know the wolves are the number one predator. We know that we're now taking away the number two cause of mortality, which is human beings putting collars on them."
DNR researchers had planned to collar about 50 newborn moose in May, and pledged it would be the last such collaring if too many calves died or were abandoned.