Ontario’s declining moose population

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario reported that the province's moose population has declined by 20 per cent in the past decade. In some areas, as much as 50 to 60 per cent of the population has been lost
By Tim Alamenciak - Published on August 25, 2017

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The moose population in Ontario has experienced severe decline over the past decade driven in part by the effects of climate change.

A report last year from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario said the population has declined by about 20 per cent over the past decade. In part the iconic creature is poorly adapted to warmer temperatures, and in part it faces threats from the northward march of white-tailed deer. The deer bring brainworm — a disease lethal to moose.

Photographer Steve Elms has been visiting the park since his childhood, and spotting moose has been a crucial part of that experience. With the effects of climate change, his annual quest will become more difficult.

TVO visited Algonquin Park and spoke with experts about the future of Ontario’s moose population in light of climate change and other factors.

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