AUGUSTA — The deadline to enter the lottery for a Maine moose hunting permit is rapidly approaching.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reminds hunters that the deadline for paper applications is Monday. Online applicants have until midnight on May 14.

The department intends to issue 4,085 moose permits this year for 25 different wildlife management districts that encompass more than 21,000 square miles.

Last year, more than 55,000 people entered the moose lottery.

Lee Kantar, the department’s moose biologist, says the state’s moose population is “healthy and strong.”

The lottery winners will be announced June 14.

Maine’s moose hunt is segmented into four different seasons, with the first beginning Sept. 22, and the final season ending Nov. 29.

Online and paper applications are available at www.mefishwildlife.com