AUGUSTA (AP) — Mainers are running out of time to comment on the state’s plan to cut back on the number of moose hunting permits it gives out this year.

State biologists say the permits should be cut by 24 percent to meet public demand to view the animals in the wild. That will reduce the number of permits to 2,140.

Residents can comment on the permit cutback until Friday.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s deadline for paper applications for a moose permit passed on April 1. The deadline to apply online is May 16.

The permits will be issued at a June 11 lottery drawing that is likely to attract tens of thousands of applicants.

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