Despite shrinking herd, just as many moose killed and permits issued in New Hampshire as last year
Monday, October 28, 2013
CONCORD — State biologists say New Hampshire hunters killed at least the same number of moose as last year’s hunting season.
Biologist Kristine Rines said that as of early Monday, hunters had reported 179 moose killed over the nine-day season. Hunters had until the close of business Monday to register their kills.
The state issued 281 permits, the same as last year. Rines said after a slow start, a cold snap put moose on the move and allowed hunters to finish the season strong.
There is concern about the strength of the herd, which has been hurt by an explosion in the number of winter ticks. Scientists estimate the state has about 4,500 moose, down from a high of 7,600.
Rines said the state also collected data on the number of ticks.