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Lots of moose on the loose might bring hunt to southern Maine
Portland Press Herald ^ | June 17, 2004 | DEIRDRE FLEMING

Posted on 06/17/2004 4:47:59 PM PDT by sarcasm

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They're an attraction to Mainers and visitors alike, providing impressive photo opportunities in the Maine woods. But moose increasingly are becoming a danger on the state's roads, with moose-vehicle collisions on the rise the last 10 years.

There was no outcry a week ago to bring the state's moose hunt to southern Maine after four moose-vehicle collisions occurred in one night, but a southern Maine hunt is on the state's docket.

A week before the moose lottery issued 2,895 permits Wednesday in Presque Isle, moose collisions occurred in Biddeford, Saco, Falmouth and Cumberland.

The 24th annual modern moose hunt will be held in northern, western and eastern Maine this fall, with 929 hunters in the woods from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2 and 1,966 hunters from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16.

Maine moose study leader Karen Morris said while a spate of moose-vehicle accidents is noteworthy, it will not determine whether there is a hunt in Maine's southern counties. Rather, the accident total in a year will indicate whether the southern Maine moose population needs to be thinned, Morris said.

The annual total of moose-automobile accidents in York and Cumberland counties rose to 132 in 1998 from 45 in 1992. That number dropped the past five years, but it remains above the 1992 total.

Mark Stadler, the state's wildlife division director, said the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not have the time to seek public input on a southern moose hunt.

The bear-baiting referendum, the coyote-snaring debate and Canada lynx listings have kept department officials too busy to seek public input on a southern expansion of the hunt, Stadler said.

But, he said, the subject is inevitable and, depending on how the moose population increases or how many road accidents occur, possibly imminent.

A public group that provided feedback on big-game hunts in 1999 told the department that viewing moose should be tempered with road safety.

It also suggested the department start a dialogue and implement a moose hunt in southern Maine, Stadler said.

Joe Murphy, a hunting guide from Scarborough, can envision such a hunt, although Murphy said it would look vastly different from the hunt in northern Maine.

"I'm uncertain whether or not I think it is something people would accept at this point," said Murphy. "But I think in the future if the population increases, there will be pressure to have that hunt in southern Maine."

A moose hunt in southern Maine would be a novelty but not so strange, Murphy said.

Big-game hunters already stalk bear, deer and turkey in southern Maine, as well as small game such as rabbits, grouse and ducks.

And while many think of the coast when they think of southern Maine, Murphy said hunters would have to pursue moose in the southwestern corner of the state, in wooded places such as Limington, Shapleigh and Arundel.

He also said the lack of towns, the open woods and the fact there are more moose in northern Maine would result in a different moose hunt in southern Maine.

The success rate in western, northern and eastern Maine has been above 90 percent in recent years, but Murphy said it would be far lower in southern Maine. He said with fewer moose clashing with more people and cars in southern Maine, it's possible only 50 permits would be needed.

"If somebody shoots a moose out in a field in Limerick and drags a dead moose across a field, cars would be stopping," Murphy said. "There could be all kinds of concern. It's not a real hunting zone, but it's harvesting the animal.

"At some point in time, it will become a serious problem."

Stadler said culling the population, while only one solution, is not a panacea. However, he said as urban sprawl continues, a hunt in southern Maine will be a necessary step in reducing the number of road accidents.

"It's logical to assume if the moose population is increasing and if human development and road development and traffic volumes are increasing, the chances of colliding with wildlife, be it moose or bear, is increasing," Stadler said.

Stadler said a southern Maine moose hunt would only follow a fair amount of public involvement.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalrights; hunting; moose

1 posted on 06/17/2004 4:47:59 PM PDT by sarcasm
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To: sarcasm
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

2 posted on 06/17/2004 4:50:14 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: sarcasm

OMG! I have to take a shower now...

3 posted on 06/17/2004 4:51:32 PM PDT by snopercod (I'm so proud to be a part of this great mass deception. - Frank Zappa)
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To: sarcasm
"What's the plural for moose, Brian?"


4 posted on 06/17/2004 4:52:44 PM PDT by Lizavetta (Gun control = hitting your target)
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To: sarcasm; Jen

A moose wandered down our path as we watched first from the upstairs and then down. It paused to nuzzle my USAF flag which hangs half staff, then investigated the flower garden before going next door( our props are about 12 acres of wet woodland).

5 posted on 06/17/2004 5:01:27 PM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: sarcasm

Watch out for Moose limbs! They are known to shi'ite in the woods!

6 posted on 06/17/2004 5:02:10 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: sarcasm

Moose on the Loose: Cheese and Sisters Hardest Hit

7 posted on 06/17/2004 5:20:51 PM PDT by Vesuvian ("the march of freedom and democracy...will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history...")
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To: sarcasm

Keep them away from's cheese season here...the alfalfa is up...and the butter fat content will be high high high...

Like honey to a bee ..cheese to a moose

8 posted on 06/17/2004 5:47:51 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Lil'freeper

Gotta watch out for dem meeses.

9 posted on 06/17/2004 5:50:43 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."-Pope JPII)
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To: larryjohnson
A moose wandered down our path....

I hope it didn't bite your sister!!!!! ;-)

10 posted on 06/17/2004 5:59:32 PM PDT by Jen
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To: sarcasm

11 posted on 06/17/2004 7:50:14 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: sarcasm

Moose Head Cheese
by Frank Dufresne

Skin out the head, saving all cartilage like the ears and the nose and the lips. Chop into pot-sized chunks and boil until the flesh and cartilage come free. Take out the bones and excess water. Season the rest with salt, pepper, sage and other herbs to taste. Cook until right consistency reached, then pour in pan molds to cool. Then lock the doors to keep out the neighbors.
Also works with deer, caribou, elk and mountain sheep.

12 posted on 06/17/2004 7:52:21 PM PDT by Porterville (oOOOo USA against the World in this summer Olympics oOOOo)
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To: Jen

?? I don't have a sister. You,my AFGal and all others like you are my sisters. Are you coming to Maine? How's the wedding?

13 posted on 06/18/2004 3:59:12 AM PDT by larryjohnson ( USAF(Ret))
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To: sarcasm
...implement a moose hunt in southern Maine ...

No need for firearms - just need a good supply of moose traps and cheese. ;~)

14 posted on 06/18/2004 4:02:36 AM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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