Do we have too many moose? too few?
are hunters killing the correct number to ensure a healthy social and biological carrying capasity?
|A young moose in spring (c) And A Strong Cup of Coffee|
These questions are asked every year around the time that hunters have to apply for a permit and when the drawing actually happens. Maine's moose are iconic and hunters have gone decades applying for a permit without being drawn. I am currently on year 18 of not being drawn. But the allure of walking through the crisp, fall air and seeing that bull moose step out into a clearing, keeps people applying year after year after year.
A proposal by Maine's moose biologist, Lee Kanter is seeking to test a small population of moose to see if by lowering the population of moose, the winter tick problem will decrease. On the surface it makes sense; less anaimals means less disease. Something has to change if we want to keep the herd healthy and growing. Winter ticks have been a huge concern for years and now may be a perfect time to see if something can be done to make a difference.
Hopefully it will work!