AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine wildlife officials have approved a controlled moose hunt in northern Maine to give farmers relief from moose that are eating their broccoli and cauliflower crops.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold the hunt from Aug. 16 to Sept. 25 in eastern Aroostook County.
The special hunt is separate from Maine’s regular November moose hunt.
Besides giving farmers relief, the special hunt aims to address the high number of moose-vehicle collisions on U.S. Route 1 and state Route 161.
In all, 100 permits will be issued.
Last year, which was the first year of the controlled moose hunt, 100 permits were allocated, and hunters had an 81 percent success rate.
“Last year’s controlled hunt was a successful start in helping to alleviate problems in this area, and this year’s effort too will make a significant dent in the population where recreational hunting has not,” according to Commissioner Roland “Danny” Martin.
Officials say the hunt is open to certain landowners and hunting guides but is not open to all hunters.
Persons eligible to participate include:
• Landowners with 80 or more contiguous acres, who own property in Limestone, Caribou, Woodland, Presque Isle, Fort Fairfield, Washburn, Westfield, Easton and Connor Township. The eligible property is agricultural, forested or undeveloped land that is open to hunting, including hunting by permission. A dependent living in a landowner’s household also is eligible.
The online application deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 17.
For additional information about the controlled moose hunt, visit the Maine Department of Inland and Fisheries website or call 287-8000.