Maine’s night coyote hunt is coming to a close.

Saturday is the final day of Maine’s wild dog hunting season this year. The hunt is closed from midnight Saturdays to 12:01 a.m. on Mondays, making Saturday the final full day.

State officials say there are at least 12,000 coyotes in Maine. They live throughout the state, sometimes in urbanized areas. The night hours are most often when they are hunting.

There is no closed season for daytime coyote hunting. Neither the daytime nor nighttime coyote hunt includes a bag limit.

The night hunt starts a half hour after sunset and ends a half hour before sunrise. The season began in December.

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