Bill to lengthen Maine moose hunt OK’d

Posted May 13, 2009, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:48 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to lengthen Maine’s moose hunt to at least three weeks is moving through the Legislature and now faces final votes.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash says the moose hunting season may be no less than three weeks long.

In proposing his bill, the Democrat said the moose population in northern Maine is much higher than in the rest of the state, creating hazards for motorists.

Last fall’s moose hunt was held over two weeks, in September and October. A limited November hunt was also held for the first time in more southerly districts.

A special moose hunt is set for this summer in designated areas of eastern Aroostook County in an effort to ease crop damage and reduce the number of collisions involving moose and motor vehicles.

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