CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife authorities are considering increasing the number of moose hunting permits offered by the state in an attempt to curb the infestation of winter ticks.
Winter ticks are parasites that plague the moose population. They’re different from the ticks that spread Lyme disease to humans, but are a major pest for the state’s moose herd.READ MORE: Worcester Police Shoot, Kill Heavily Armed Man Making Bomb Threat
State biologists have proposed an 11% increase in moose permits for this fall’s hunt. That would increase the number of permits to 3,480, the Portland Press Herald reported.READ MORE: Gisele Bundchen Joining Boston-Based DraftKings As 'Special Advisor'
Maine moose biologist Lee Kantar said the state hopes to find out whether reducing the moose densities in part of the state would help reduce the tick infestation. That could ultimately reduce deaths among moose and help improve the health of the herd as a whole.
The number of moose permits has increased by hundreds over the past few years. Tens of thousands of hunters apply for the permits via an annual lottery system.MORE NEWS: Line Of Thunderstorms Will Bring Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds Wednesday Evening
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