By Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says low-flying helicopters will be seen over the northeastern part of the state as part of a three-year moose study.

Weather permitting, beginning Jan. 11 a helicopter will be flying just above tree height so experts can capture up to 60 moose that will be outfitted with radio collars and then released.

The study will run through 2019.

Biologists hope to better understand whether Vermont’s moose calves are surviving to adulthood. They also want to know what is killing moose, including predators, infections or stress caused by winter ticks.

New Hampshire, Maine, and New York are currently conducting similar studies.

The collaring in Vermont is expected to take about two weeks.

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