AUGUSTA, Maine — The Wildlife Division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss the 2010 moose hunting season and moose management options for Wildlife Man-agement Districts 2, 3, 6, and 11. The meeting is Sept. 9 at the department’s regional office on Station Street in Ashland at 6:30 p.m.
During the last session of the Legislature, the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries & Wildlife enacted L.D. 929, Resolve, Regarding the Classification of Wildlife Management District 2. This resolve directed the department to adopt rules that, for the purposes of moose hunting, WMD 2 would be managed the same as WMD 3.
At the informational meeting, the department will discuss the requirements of L.D. 929. In addition, DIF&W will take a broader look at moose hunting in WMDs 2, 3, 6, and 11 and consider:
— The department’s existing moose population goals and objectives,
— The number of moose hunting permits that the department will allocate in 2010, and
— The possibility of extending the moose hunting season from the current two-week season to a three-week season.
The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide its comments and ideas. The department will use this public input to develop the rule governing the 2010 moose season in WMDs 2, 3, 6, and 11, including permit allocations and the length and timing of the hunting season.