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Lewis and Clark in North Dakota:
Wildlife Then & Now

Mammals


Moose deer (Moose) Past Moose Distribution Map of North Dakota Present Moose Distribution Map of North Dakota
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Moose Deer (Moose)

At times it is interesting to note what early visitors to our state did not see. Lewis and Clark, as well as other explorers, did not record moose on much of the northern Great Plains. Historically, moose were reported in the Turtle Mountains, Pembina Hills, the forested edges of the northern Red River Valley, and around Devils Lake. With protection from poaching, coupled with habitat changes, moose are now able to occupy a much larger range in North Dakota than they did at the time of Lewis and Clark. Today about one third of the state is open to a regulated moose hunting season. The best opportunities to view moose in North Dakota remain the Turtle Mountains and Pembina Hills.


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