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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: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 69

Scientific Publications: 35

Presentations: 148



Funding Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. University of Massachusetts
  6. Wildlife Management Institute