A female moose that frequented Crookston earlier this year before being tranquilized and relocated to a wildlife management area in Kittson County, has died.
For months earlier this year, Crookston Police and local DNR personnel repeatedly tried to chase the moose out of town, but it kept returning. With so many Crookston residents routinely observing the moose in yards and along streets, and some even reportedly feeding it, local law enforcement grew increasingly concerned about the moose becoming a public safety hazard. So, in late June, DNR personnel finally tranquilized the moose in a field on Crookston's southwestern edge, fitted her with a satellite collar, transported her in a trailer and released her in the Caribou Wildlife Management Area in Kittson County.
Ross Hier, area DNR wildlife supervisor in Crookston, said data from the collar indicated the moose had been very active for much of August, but she became much less so in mid-September. Christine Reisz, DNR area wildlife supervisor in Karlstad, located the moose alive and apparently healthy, but reluctant to move. A few days later, transmissions from the collar indicated no movement, and researchers subsequently found her dead.
The cause of death has yet to be determined. Moose have been dying off due to parasites and prey at what many agree is an alarming rate in Minnesota. Various biological samples were taken from the animal on-site and her remains were transported to the University of Minnesota Veterinarian School for further testing.