Winter ticks are being blamed for the decrease in New Hampshire's moose population. To help counter the effects of the ticks that feed off and sometimes kill moose, the Fish and Game Department are proposing to decrease the permits. In 2010 and 2011, 395 moose permits were issued. Right now the proposal for 2012/13 would be 275 permits.
By reducing the number of permits the department is hoping the moose population can grow in some areas. Meetings will be held around the state in April before anything is set. From The Concord Monitor .