See previous post about Minnesota non-profit Save Minnesota Moose HERE.

Robin Johnson of the non-profit Save Minnesota Moose has started several petitions either targeted at the DNR for their research or at American Indian Tribes for exercising their Treaty rights.  In her latest petition shared to her Facebook page on August 5th she has this to say:

In the face of a declining moose population and against DNR wishes, three tribal bands continue to take moose from public lands and out of our forests.  In the last two years a combined 75 bull moose have been killed.  While Boise Forte and Grand Portage have agreed to reduce the number of moose taken during the hunt, the Fond du Lac tribe continues its plan to hunt 24 bull moose this fall.

Against DNR wishes? In her petition she proceeds to explain why the tribal biologists and the DNR biologists are wrong. See full petition HERE

Well, according to Glenn DelGiudice, the Minnesota DNR moose project leader, who was interviewed in the August 23, 2019 edition of  Outdoor News, that statement is completely untrue.  He said:

If we thought it was really going to do any harm, we would have not agreed to it. I was in on those discussions, and we don't think that the minimal amount of animals they take ... and last year, (tribes part of the 1854 Authority) took fewer than 20 ... that is a drop compared to the population.  We are not worried about that at all.  

Dr. Seth Moore who is the biologist for the Fond du Lac tribe pointed out that the entire kill this year  - if the quota is met - is about 1 percent of the estimated population.  We have concluded that there is not a significant contribution to the moose decline from hunting.  It is absolutely insignificant.  But the value of the tribal hunt has real subsistence, cultural, and historical value.

Also, what Robin Johnson never mentions on her Facebook page is the the Grand Portage Band is one of the leaders in moose population research and moose population restoration.  Dr. Moore stated it is because of the value of the subsistence hunt that we invest so many resources into figuring out what the issue is and managing to improve the moose population.

Robin Johnson has apparently read a book by a retired Alaskan moose researcher and wants to apply its contents to Minnesota forgetting that there are differences between forest moose and tundra moose. 

Attacking American Indian treaty rights and culture does nothing to help Minnesota moose.  It only hurts people who are following the law and feeding their families. 

White people have a long history of attacking treaty rights - Read Moving Beyond Argument - Racism & Treaty Rights to understand more.  Minnesota doesn't need the moose issue turning into the Wisconsin spearfishing issue. We can advocate for our moose without attacking treaty rights.  We start by focussing on what the main cause of their decline is and that is the overabundance of deer transmitting brain worm to the adult moose.