Calf Moose Survival Rate after Cow is Killed

Picture: Calf Moose Following its Damn

Picture: Calf Moose Following its Damn

What is the calf moose survival rate after cow is killed?


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Moose calf survival rate is low in it's first year depending many factors, such as predation, hunting, harsh weather, etc.

Moose calves may have as low as 10% chance to make it through it's first year of life. Conversely, calves that are born in areas free of hunting and predators may have a survival rate approaching 70% in their first year.

This is with having a mother moose to take care of a calf.

Without a damn for protection, a calves chance of survival is near zero.

There has not been extensive study of moose calf mortality; in areas where biased aerial surveys have been completed the data is subject to large errors.

Mortality is highest in the moose calves first 8 weeks of life, primarily because of predators.

Survival of moose calves in it's first year is broken into two groups: 0 - 6 months and 6 - 12 months of age. The older the calf the greater chance for survival.

A calf moose that is 1 1/2 years of age (young adult) has a much greater chance of survival if its damn has been killed.

During the fall mating season a calf that is 1 1/2 years of age is chased away and left to find its own umwelt.

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