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Moose weren't present in Oregon at the time of European settlement. Five moose were transplanted from Alaska to the central Oregon coast in 1922, but that effort ended in failure. The first recorded sighting of moose in northeast Oregon occurred in 1960. Twenty additional sightings of moose were reported at various locations throughout northeast Oregon between1960 and 2000. From 2001–2006 the number of moose sightings increased substantially in the northern Blue Mountains of Oregon, including the first documented moose calf in 2005.
Moose in the northern Blue Mountains became established through natural dispersal, and most are believed to have moved southwest across the Palouse Prairie from the Moscow Mountain area of Idaho. Beginning in 2008, 6 moose were radio collared to obtain baseline information on reproduction, habitat use, and seasonal movements.
Please join us for a talk about moose by ODFW Wildlife Biologist Pat Matthews on Tuesday, January 14 beginning at 6:30 pm. A Question and Answer forum will follow Pat's presentation.
Hitchcock Auditorium in the Pioneer Building, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97701
Pat Matthews has spent the past 26 years as a Wildlife Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Wallowa District. His professional interests have focused on big game population management, and he's been actively involved with Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goat restoration in Oregon. Pat has always had a personal interest in moose, and the recent colonization of moose in Oregon has allowed him to work directly with the species.
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