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Vermont Fish and Wildlife tagging moose with helicopter help

January 5, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says a helicopter will be used to help tag 30 moose as part of a three-year study of the state’s moose herd.

The radio collaring project is expected to take between five and 10 days. Depending on the weather, it could begin as early as Jan. 10.

Wildlife experts will use nets to capture moose from the helicopter, which will fly just above the treetops, without tranquilizers.

The processing of a captured moose is completed in minutes, minimizing stress. So far 96 moose have been captured as part of the study.

Wildlife agencies in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York are currently using the same methods to examine their moose herds.

The study is scheduled to be completed by year’s end.