Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has announced that the 2017 Moose Permit Lottery will be held in Caribou

Caribou City Manager Austin Blees says it's a tremendous news for the city. “This fantastic event, which draws hundreds of people from around Maine and New England, is an excellent opportunity for people to see all that Caribou has to offer.”

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The City of Caribou submitted an application to the Maine IF&W earlier this year and received local support from State Senator Peter Edgecomb for the application. Bleess cited the "great leadership of Event and Marketing Coordinator Lydia Kieffer" as the driving force behind the application.

Blees says between now and next year, planning will get underway for a weekend full of Caribou-area activities around the permit lottery.

Often described as the “hunt of a lifetime” many people wait years to hear their name called at the lottery. The lottery receives up to 59,000 entries, and draws entries from all 50 states, Canada and around the world. Blees says the moose draw is a chance for those that entered to hear their name called, and realize the chance of a lifetime.

The 2016 moose permit lottery drawing will be held on Saturday, June 11th at Kittery Trading Post, Kittery, Maine.