Updated: 03/11/2013 6:00 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that the state's moose population decreased 35 percent last year - but doesn't know exactly why.
While the DNR attempts to identify a cause, the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley wants to help rescue the moose population, but is not allowed to do so under state law.
Current law prohibits anyone from catching wild animals like moose and placing them in captivity.
Now, Rep. Anna Wills, (R) Apple Valley, is sponsoring a bill that would change state law and allow the zoo to take in orphaned moose calves that would otherwise die in the wild.
The zoo says besides saving a dying moose, it would also enter the moose in a breeding program designed to increase the moose population and diversify the genetics of currently captive moose.
Wills says the bill has bipartisan support.