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B.C. government hoping to solve moose die-off with helicopters, nets and collars

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A moose crosses the street in Prince George. Photo by pgherbster in our Daybreak Flickr group.

For years, the moose population in B.C. has been declining. Now the provincial government is hoping to solve the mystery with some high-tech tracking and old-fashioned nets. Andrew Kurjata speaks with wildlife biologist Doug Heard.

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Heard says the plan is to place tracking collars on about 240 moose in all regions of the province. Officials will start by dropping nets from helicopters on top of the moose, placing collars on them, and then allowing them to leave. If the collars stop moving for more than 24 hours, Heard and his team will find them as soon as possible and attempt to determine the cause of death of the moose, so they have better information on what is causing the animals to die off.

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