Moose population decline in New England

Dec 7, 2014 3:13 PM

Northern New England states cool off on moose hunt

The Associated Press

GRAY, Maine (AP) - Interest in northern New England's moose hunt is cooling as the animals' declining populations make them more difficult for hunters to find.

Moose hunting in New England remains popular, as tens of thousands of people from around the country continue to enter the states' moose lotteries. But the number of people entering the lotteries has declined from ten years ago - down about 20,000 in Maine, 5,000 in New Hampshire and 4,000 in Vermont.

The states' moose herds have also declined. Maine's fell from about 76,000 in 2012 to between 65,000 and 70,000 today. New Hampshire's fell from about 6,000 to about 4,000 since 2004 and Vermont's from about 5,000 to about 2,500 since 2006.

State officials say winter ticks and other factors culled the herd.


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