ST. PAUL - Minnesota researchers will soon get text messages from dead moose.A new research project is aimed at understanding an alarming decline in the state's moose count.
Through a combination of GPS technology and implanted devices, researchers think they can get a better handle on the locations and causes of death for dead moose.
It's key because moose carcasses deteriorate quickly or become food for prey, meaning resource officials can't get a good read on what's causing them to die off.
Last year there were an estimated 4,200 moose in the state about half as many as in 2006.
The $1.6 million study will track 150 adult moose and calves.
In those with implanted devices, researchers will get a text message upon the animal's death allowing for quick retrieval.