Limited Moose Permits

moose thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Hunters in the region of the Northeast Kingdom will need to bear with the fact that there will only be 13 Moose permits issued this season. Due to research being done by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and their research centers, they have determined that the Moose population in the state of Vermont is dangerously low. In many other regions of the state they have suspended Moose hunting season for the duration of the year and may continue for years to come. The Northeast Kingdom happens to be one of the few places in the state where the Moose population is partially stable. The main reason for the declining Moose population is due to ticks. Mainly winter ticks, which attach and embed themselves into hosts to survive the upcoming Winter Seasons. The tick population, as we all know, have been a major issue for our state in the last few years, especially last year with their record highs in abundance during the summer. Unfortunately, the Spring weather that we have been experiencing is showing another very heavy year for ticks.
This may mean even smaller Moose permit allowances in upcoming years if the Moose population is not able to stabilize itself. Luckily, The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife are working to curb this effect by halting hunting in certain areas of the state, as well as attempting to concentrate hunting solely on Bull Moose (Males) and are also attempting to protect Cows (Female Moose) so that they can produce more offspring and protect them in the upcoming years. Scott Darling, a Program Manager for the Fish and Wildlife Department, was glad to share their findings and explain what they plan to do so that Moose can re-populate in our area.
"Mainly the biggest issue with the Moose population is ticks," he explained, "It is difficult to say but anywhere from five to eight hundred ticks can embed themselves in one single Moose calf. This has become the demise of many young Moose in our area. So, to combat this issue, we have suspended the hunting of Cows (female Moose) in all areas of Vermont, as well as set very high limits on the amount of Bull Moose hunting occuring in our state."
Darling went on to explain that in order to raise the permit limit once again to relatively moderate numbers, they will need at least a few years to properly allow the Moose populations to grow and outlive the tick problem. "Hopefully in the next few years we will get some very cold, frigid, and dry winters. This will not mean the end for Moose, but it will kill off the ticks that have survived through generations in our area. The warmer temperatures and wet winters have protected them and allowed their numbers to grow a lot. Moose don't mind the cold, and right now that's gonna have to be what we wait for."