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Amid worries, NH hunters bag as many moose as 2012

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - State biologists say New Hampshire hunters killed at least the same number of moose as last year's hunting season.

Biologist Kristine Rines says that as of early Monday, hunters had reported 179 moose killed over the nine-day season. Hunters had until the close of business Monday to register their kills.

The state issued 281 permits, the same as last year. Rines says after a slow start, a cold snap put moose on the move and allowed hunters to finish the season strong.

There is concern about the strength of the herd, which has been hurt by an explosion in the number of winter ticks. Scientists estimate the state has about 4,500 moose, down from a high of 7,600.

Rines said the state also collected data on the number of ticks.

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