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Moose hunting in most parts of Southeast Alaska ended last week with the numbers taken at or slightly below those of recent years. Hunting continues in the Yakutat area.
About 100 moose were taken in hunts from the Taku River to Haines, according to Tom Paul of the state Department of Fish and Game. Hunting closed Oct. 15.
In the Taku River area, 17 were taken, less than last year's 23, which was higher than usual. This year's number is about average, Paul said.
Four moose were take in St. James Bay, up from last year's three, but below usual counts. Four were also taken in the Endicott River area, about half of last year's kill, although not an unusually low number.
One moose was taken at Point Couverden, below the two taken the previous year. One was also taken in east Lynn Canal, north of Berners Bay, an area where few hunters find moose.
Gustavus, the biggest moose hunt area in northern Southeast, reported 46. As in recent years, the hunt was closed early when the quota of about 45 was hit.
Berners Bay had 12 kills from 20 permits issued in a drawing. The bay is the only spot allowing cow moose hunting. Haines had 17 kills this year.
The Yakutat area, which is open to Nov. 15, had 30 to 35 taken so far. The quota there is 60.