JACKSON, Wyoming — The moose population in the Jackson Hole valley is about the same as last year.
Biologists say the stable population is a good sign for a species that has been in decline.
Performing an aerial survey last week, Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists counted about 240 moose as well as encouraging ratios of calves in the herd.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/1EqHSFB ) that cow-calf ratios are indicative of how many new adults can be added to a herd and are used to gauge population trends.
In total, the herd's ratio was considered strong, with 33 calves per 100 cows. That's down slightly from the cow-calf ratio observed a year ago, but about double the ratio noted as recently as 2008.
Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com