Maine's moose permit is starting up again with an expanded hunt in the northern and central parts of the state.
The second session of the hunt for Maine's official state animal begins on Monday and ends Saturday. The hunt is on in most of the wildlife management districts in the northern half of the state. An earlier session was concentrated mostly on the far northern reaches of Maine.
The hunt will return in November with sessions that include parts of southern Maine.
The state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife issued 2,740 moose permits this year. That is the fewest permits in 12 years. Biologists say parasites have thinned the moose population in recent years.
Hunters with a permit are limited to one moose per year.