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Dr. Seth Moore - Grand Portage Wildlife Biologist

Dr. Seth Moore of Grand Portage Trust Lands, tracking radio-collared moose

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Wildlife and Environment

The Grand Portage Reservation is located in the far northeast corner of Minnesota, on the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook County. The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa engages in fisheries and wildlife research projects throughout the year, working with moose, wolves, fish, deer, grouse, and environmental issues.  Dr. Seth Moore is a wildlife biologist at Grand Portage Trust Lands.


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Lake Superior Project

LSProject: Researchers focus on early life of herring to preserve historic fishery

When Lake Superior comes up in casual conversation, it’s easy to think big. After all, in terms of surface area, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world.

However, one fisheries biologist who specializes in lake herring is keeping his focus on something small as he and others continue their research on why this particular fish population continues to decline in Lake Superior.  Dan Yule directs his studies on the research vessel Kiyi for the U.S. Geological Survey. In June 2018, he was on Lake Superior waters near Grand Portage specifically to study young herring.

Working in conjunction with Dr. Seth Moore, the director of wildlife and biology for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the researchers continue to study herring in the Big Lake, as WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports in this installment of the Lake Superior Project. 
 

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Lake Superior Project

LSProject: Grand Portage and wolves on Isle Royale

The federal government announced in March that Isle Royale's decimated wolf population will get an infusion of new wolves over the next three years in an attempt to control the abundance of moose currently on the island.

This was a story reported on by media outlets on the North Shore of Lake Superior, to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and across the country, including stories in the New York Times.

Mark Romanski is the Isle Royale National Park chief of natural resources. He says the wolves will come from a variety of locations across the upper Midwest and Canada. Capture and relocation efforts will take place starting in the fall of 2018.

Romanski says park officials and others involved with the process hope the wolves will form packs that will help keep the island's abundant moose in check, preventing them from overeating vegetation and harming the ecosystem. As of June 2018, there are just two known wolves residing on Isle Royale, and about 1,500 moose. The idea for a balanced ecosystem would have more wolves and fewer moose.

Meanwhile, there was concern expressed from members of the public and from wildlife officials about bringing more wolves to the Isle Royale. Dr. Seth Moore is the director of wildlife and biology for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He says the band sent a letter in 2017 to the Park Service expressing their concerns about the reintroduction of wolves on Isle Royale.

In this installment of the Lake Superior Project, WTIP’s shares an update on the plan to reintroduce wolves to Isle Royale. 

 

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Moose in Superior National Forest

Researchers share update on moose, brainworm study

As first reported in September 2017 here on WTIP, a University of Minnesota professor set up a crowdfunding site to help research the parasite that’s devastating Minnesota’s moose population.

Dr. Tiffany Wolf from the University of Minnesota set up the crowdfunding site to see if the public had interest in supporting her efforts to study the decline of the state's moose population. The parasite Wolf wanted more information on is called brainworm, and it typically breeds inside the brains of white-tailed deer. When the parasite passes to moose, Wolf said, it can be deadly.

In the span of just a few months, Wolf raised more than $7,000 to assist with her study. The research will focus on snails and slugs in northeastern Minnesota and how they might spread brainworm in moose.

Wolf was back in northeastern Minnesota this spring to continue her research on moose.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Wolf and Dr. Seth Moore, the director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, about the ongoing efforts to learn more about brainworm transmission in Minnesota’s moose.  
 

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Moose calves

Wildlife researchers share update on Grand Portage moose

Dr. Seth Moore is the director of biology and environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Dr. Tiffany Wolf is a wildlife epidemiologist with the University of Minnesota. They make up part of the team researching moose on the Grand Portage Reservation.

In this interview, WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Moore and Wolf about the most recent work that involves studying moose on the Grand Portage Reservation. 
 

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Coaster brook trout. Photo courtesy of Flickr

Coaster brook trout population continues to recover in Lake Superior

The coaster brook trout is native to the coastlines and tributaries of Lake Superior. Following decades of heavy fishing pressure and habitat destruction resulting from logging practices near the North Shore, the coaster brook trout population was all but decimated in Lake Superior.

Since the late 1990s, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been trying to establish a self-sustaining population in several Lake Superior tributaries. In 2007, the band took their effort a step further and built the Grand Portage Native Fish Hatchery.

And while not quite prepared to call the restoration effort a "complete success" at this point, Dr. Seth Moore, the Grand Portage band’s director of biology and environment, said progress is evident in the coaster brookie population near Grand Portage and along the North Shore.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Moore about coaster brook trout. 
 

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Moose calves

Increasing bear hunt proves valuable to moose calves on Grand Portage land

In response to high predation rates of moose calves in recent years throughout northeastern Minnesota, wildlife officials from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa took a proactive approach to address the situation.

One direct means to negate calf predation from predators was to increase the number of bear Grand Portage band members can harvest annually. This includes adding a spring bear hunt and increasing the overall number of bear harvested each year on tribal lands. 

Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about increasing the number of bears band members can hunt each year and what the result has been with regard to survival of moose calves.  
 

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Moose

Grand Portage moose count finds numbers stable, animals healthy

Northeastern Minnesota’s moose population dropped some during the past year, but it appears to have leveled off after the big declines of a decade ago.

According to a press release sent to WTIP, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported in mid-February that its annual winter moose estimate came in at 3,030 moose, an 18 percent drop compared to 3,710 moose in 2017. The agency said the decline was statistically insignificant.

The state conducts an aerial survey each winter, flying helicopters over predetermined quadrants to count moose. Biologists enter those numbers into a formula to determine the overall population across the 6,000 square miles of moose range in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Statistically, the DNR is 90 percent certain that the population is somewhere between 2,320 and 4,140 moose
Meanwhile, a separate moose count took place in northeastern Minnesota in early March on the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation.

Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about the 2018 moose count and the status of the iconic species on Grand Portage lands. 
 

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Moose in Superior National Forest

Grand Portage biologist discusses 2017 moose hunt

An estimated 42 bull moose will likely be harvested this year during a moose hunt by three Chippewa bands in northeastern Minnesota.

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa will take a combined total of 18 bull moose in northeastern Minnesota this year, including large portions of Cook County. In addition, 24 moose can be harvested by members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

The hunt is expected to begin Sept 23.

This year’s hunt by the Chippewa bands follows a similar hunt that took place last fall in 1854 Ceded Territory in northeastern Minnesota.

Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about the 2017 moose hunt in this interview. 
 

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Dr. Seth Moore

Dr. Seth Moore: Engaging tribal youth in an environmental career path

Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

The Grand Portage Reservation is located in the extreme northeast corner of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook County. Bordered on the north by Canada, on the south and east by Lake Superior and on the west by Grand Portage State Forest, the reservation encompasses an historic fur trade site on scenic Grand Portage Bay.

The band engages in fisheries and wildlife research projects throughout the year, working with moose, wolves, fish, deer, grouse, and environmental issues. Dr. Moore appears regularly on WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talking about the band's current and ongoing natural resource projects, as well as other environmental and health related issues. 

In this segment, Dr. Moore talks about a project that hopes to engage Grand Portage tribal youth in environmental education and careers.

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Dr. Seth Moore: Should wolves be reintroduced on Isle Royale?

Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

The Grand Portage Reservation is located in the extreme northeast corner of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook County. Bordered on the north by Canada, on the south and east by Lake Superior and on the west by Grand Portage State Forest, the reservation encompasses an historic fur trade site on scenic Grand Portage Bay.

The band engages in fisheries and wildlife research projects throughout the year, working with moose, wolves, fish, deer, grouse, and environmental issues. Dr. Moore appears regularly on WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talking about the band's current and ongoing natural resource projects, as well as other environmental and health related issues. 

In this segment, Dr. Moore talks about the ecological considerations of Isle Royale National Park's possible plan for reintroduction of wolves.

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