HISTORY, STATUS, AND HUNTER HARVEST OF MOOSE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Since the middle 20th century, moose have expanded their range and population in Washington, especially within the northeastern part of the state. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened a limited-entry hunting season on moose in 1977. Permit numbers gradually increased from 3 in 1977 to 98 permits offered in the 2005 hunting season. Hunter harvest is believed to be well within the reproductive capacity of Washington’s moose population. Moose abundance and range are expected to at least remain at current levels into the future.
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