This undated photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose with hair loss on its back. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, and officials in all three states say they had to reduce permits because of the impact of ticks.  (AP Photo/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether.

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