Moose Applications Down 

The number of applicants in Maine’s annual moose hunt lottery continues to decline, and officials with

the state fish and game department say they’re hard-pressed to

figure out why.

Applications totaled more than 85,000 in 2001, but the

number has dropped steadily to just over 65,000 last year.

That trend is expected to continue Thursday when the 2007 moose

lottery is held in Phippsburg.

A computer will select the names of 2,880 permit winners.

Department spokesman Mark Latti suggests that the downturn may

reflect economic conditions or the trend toward stagnant

hunting-license sales nationwide.

He also says the growing number of people who have already gone moose hunting could be a factor.