Cheyenne, WY – The number of moose in northern Jackson Hole has declined by more than 50 percent since the late 1980s.
Researchers think wildfires, warm temperatures, competition for food from other wildlife and predators could be to blame.
The population drop will affect the availability of moose hunting licenses in the region for 2009.
About 20 years ago, wildlife managers estimated there were between 2,300 and 2,800 moose in the region.
Now, the moose population is estimated at about 1,000.