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Published March 11, 2013, 01:31 PM

Fewer moose, elk hunting licenses available in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are continuing to cut back on moose and elk licenses.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are continuing to cut back on moose and elk licenses.

State Game and Fish Department officials say 111 moose licenses are available this year, 32 fewer than 2012. The number of elk licenses is being trimmed from 301 to 261.

Four bighorn sheep licenses will be issued this year, same as a year ago.

Game and Fish Department officials say the drop in moose tags is due in part to a downward population trend in the northeastern part of the state.

The cutback in the number of elk licenses continues a reduction program that began in 2010 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

North Dakota has auctioned one bighorn license each year since 1986 to raise money for sheep management, and will do so again this year.

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