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Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday's Inquiry

Please discuss the following information (including the bold words) and inquire why it is...

There are only 600-800 moose left on mainland Nova Scotia. This is a large decline in their population. But there are more than 1000x as many white-tail deer.

Questions for discussion
What are some reasons there are not as many moose as deer left here?
Do you think the same could be happening in Minnesota?

Please respond (as a class) to this inquiry and I will post more about what is happening and adaptations for you to read first thing tomorrow morning!

-Miss Beeman


At April 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I know why the moose popelaion is going down.
Because people are cutting thair anlers.Bryan

At April 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman-
We are wondering why the moose population is going down as well. Some of us think that they may not be surviving because they do not have as good of camouflage as the deer. Maybe their antlers are sticking up. Another thought is that the deer eat the same food, and they are eating too much and not leaving enough for the moose. Maybe people hunt moose more than deer and they are getting "gobbled up".

Have you heard how many animals you may study? It is warmer in Minnesota today. Is the climate in Nova Scotia about the same as Minnesota at this time of year?

Hope you are having fun!
Mr. deNeui's class

At April 13, 2009 at 2:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i know why they left because the water ran out . ruqiyo

At April 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman,
We have been thinking about your moose question...we think the following might be reasons why the moose population is declining...
1. their prey that they eat is dyeing or extinct
2. more people hunt moose than deer
-Griffin and Andraya (Miss O'Brien's Class)

At April 13, 2009 at 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear miss.BEEMAN I think I know answer about the moose I am NOT positive but I think I know.I think there are not a lot of food for them.

At April 13, 2009 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

You are correct Bryan, sometimes people do cut their antlers, but that is not why the moose population is declining in Nova Scotia.

At April 13, 2009 at 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We think it may have to do with hunting. People like to eat moose and display their antlers and heads as trophies. But people like to do those things with deer. So maybe that is not the reason.

We also think that moose need more forest than deer do and if people destroy their forest they would die in greater numbers because they cannot adapt to the smaller space. Deer need less space than moose and maybe are better at adapting to even less space.

We also wonder if there has been a forest fire or weather changes (or maybe even other changes) in their habitat that are causing the forest to be depleted.
-Mrs. Patel's Class


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