Climate change a threat to moose in Sweden

Will forest protection help protect elk from climate change in Sweden. (iStock)
Will forest protection help protect elk from climate change in Sweden. (iStock)
Rising temperatures are a threat to Sweden’s moose (or European elk) population, writes the newspaper Kvällsposten. If global warming continues, the newspaper says, the moose will be migrating north.

One danger is that higher temperatures also bring new species to an area, which increases competition for food, and can mean less nutritious milk for moose calves.

Professor Göran Ericsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences tells the newspaper the solution lies in preserving forests. “The forest is a place of protection for the moose when it gets too warm. We may have to expect smaller moose, with calves that are skilled at adapting.”

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Study shows polar bears relocating to icier Canadian Archipelago, Alaska Dispatch

Finland:  New measures to protect the Saimaa seal in Finland, Yle News

Iceland: Endangered whale meat shipped from Iceland via Halifax, The Canadian Press

Norway: Climate change will lead to ecosystem clash, Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s mountain hares changing fur color too early, Radio Sweden

United States: As Alaska warms, climate change awkward subject for lawmakers, Alaska Public Radio Network

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