We are loosing our Moose population here in Minnesota. Shorter winters, hotter summer days and natural phenomenon are all working against moose on the southern edge of their natural range. The animal can withstand deep snow and cold. But even days in the upper 70s take a toll.
Moose are hit hard by warm temperatures because of their black coat, back hair and inability to perspire. Moose can only lose heat by breathing faster. When moose are overheated they don't eat, and if they lose too much weight they may not survive winter. It's believed some die from heatstroke.
Fewer than 100 moose remain in northwest Minnesota, and there are about 7,600 in northeastern Minnesota.