Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Massachusetts
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Massachusetts Project

Landscape Use by a Re-colonizing Moose Population in Massachusetts

September 2011 - December 2013


Participating Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Dave Wattles (PhD candidate) and Ken Berger (Field Tech) place a GPS collar on a bull moose.

Massachusetts is a mix of developed and rural landscapes. The predominate vegetative cover is mid-aged forest of mixed deciduous and coniferous composition; both early successional and mature forest are underrepresented. We are investigating how moose are using this fragmented landscape, examining their use of forest vegetation and wetlands for food and thermal cover and interactions with roads and development.