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A sick cow moose tries to get up when approached by biologists along the Echo Trail in November 2008. The moose, reported by deer hunters, had been unable to rise for two to three days before biologists arrived and euthanized her. Later, the moose was determined to have brainworm, a disease that proves fatal to moose. (Photo by Mike Schrage)

Minnesota moose population continues to decline

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On a July evening a few years ago, a massive bull moose wallowed belly-deep in a small stream in the canoe country north of Ely. Facing the other direction, he had no idea a canoe was silently slipping up behind him. He kept dipping for the stems of water lilies and chewing them in the rich evening light.

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