Health of herd is among annual moose hunt worries
Pittsburg Selectman Steve Ellis, for example, wants the hunt suspended, if not eliminated. He said Friday the local economy depends on tourism. When visitors travel through on family trips and bus tours, moose are among the attractions they most want to see.
Hunters are chosen by lottery, and the number of permits to be awarded is determined every two years based, in part, on the health of the herd. There were 275 permits issued for this year’s Oct. 19-27 hunt, the same number as last year. Five years ago, the number was 675.
Kristine Rines, Fish and Game’s moose project leader since 1985, said ticks are literally bleeding the herd, causing anemia and sickening the large animals, sometimes fatally. Brain worm is another mooseparasite.
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