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Landscape Use by a Re-colonizing Moose Population in Massachusetts

Dave Wattles (PhD candidate) and Ken Berger (Field Tech) place a GPS collar on a bull moose.


September 2011 - December 2013


Massachusetts is a mix of developed and rural landscapes. The predominate vegetative cover is mid-aged forest of mixed deciduous and coniferous composition; both early successional and mature forest are underrepresented. We are investigating how moose are using this fragmented landscape, examining their use of forest vegetation and wetlands for food and thermal cover and interactions with roads and development.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey