Wildlife Journal Junior!
New Hampshire PBS

Home       |       Wild Files       |       N.H. Animals       |       Animals A-Z       |       Watch Online

Moose Roundup

MooseKeeping tabs on animal populations is important in ensuring the health and viability of animal populations. Wildlife biologists and scientists monitor animal populations for a variety of reasons. Using a variety of monitoring techniques including tracking, medical tests, and observation scientists can determine the health of a species, the habits of a species, and the needs of a species.

Monitoring some animals can be difficult. In New Hampshire, keeping tabs on the moose population is a priority to scientists, but capturing and tagging wild moose sometimes calls for extreme measures!

In Milan, New Hampshire, the appearance of "moose wranglers" from Wyoming's Hawkins and Powers Wildlife Capture Team signifies the beginning of a major moose study.

Using helicopters and net-guns, the wranglers capture and radio-collar cow and calf moose, while Wildlife Journal's cameras follow the action. Using GPS technology, a team of researchers from the University of New Hampshire will track the lives of these moose for four years, in a scientific attempt to finally solve some mysteries about New Hampshire's moose herd. If the scientists are successful, their findings will help them manage for critical moose habitat -- which will, in turn, increase the potential for winter survival of moose and their calving success.

Key Concepts

Other Concepts

NH Social Studies Connection

Taking Action

Moose Roundup

Play Video
View video
segment online.

Did You Know?

... that the moose is the largest member of the deer family and the largest mammal in North America!

... that you can't outrun a moose! They can run faster than humans

What Do You Think?

Question MarksClick here to test your moose knowledge

Wild Files  

File FolderLearn more about these animals.

Teacher's Guide

AppleClick here to access the teacher's guide for this episode.