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In a 2011 photo, a bull moose grazes on water lilies in the canoe country north of Ely, Minn. Sam Cook / Forum News Service

DNR defends moose hunt despite declining population

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DULUTH, Minn. - Darin Fagerman used to see moose near his home north of Grand Marais fairly frequently. Not anymore.

"The last moose we saw here was six years ago," said Fagerman, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"Another thing I've noticed," Fagerman said. "When I'd drive around in the spring after the snow melts, you'd see moose scat on the roads. Forest roads would be full of it. Now, you hardly see any."

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