Why are there two different ways to share your moose sightings with WDFW?
September 1 through November 30 provides the best information to better understand moose status, productivity, population trends, and the effects of hunting, predation, disease or tick outbreaks. WDFW biologists and scientists need moose information from natural habitats, specific counties and this timeframe; this focus is better for scientific studies that will help our biologists make conservation and management decisions. Specific locations from this form are not displayed publicly, but are considered and evaluated in our Moose Progress Report.
Observations from other times of year are helpful but not as closely tied to significant moose life history, like calving, fall and winter movement, and disease.