Wyoming

Moose numbers strong despite tough Jackson Hole winter

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The moose population in Jackson Hole remains strong despite a tough winter.

Wildlife biologist Aly Courtemanch estimates 346 moose are in the area, up from 231 last winter and the most since 2010.

She tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide it's a promising sign. Still, the number is well below the Wyoming Game and Fish Department goal of 800 animals for the valley.

Deep snow this winter has been hard on elk and pronghorn in Jackson Hole. Courtemanch says moose typically fare better in cold temperatures and deep snow than other ungulates.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com


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