It's almost time for Maine's moose hunters to submit their applications for a fall hunting season that could expand for the second year in a row.
The deadline to apply to participate in the 2019 moose hunting season is Wednesday. There are typically thousands more applicants than permits, and the state uses a lottery to determine who will be able to participate.
Biologists in the state have suggested increasing the number of moose permits by more than 10 percent, to more than 2,800. That follows a year in which the permits grew by about 20 percent. Previously, the permit levels had experienced years of cutbacks.
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The biologists have said the moose herd has had less trouble with winter ticks recently. The ticks are a major parasite of moose.