POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Hunters in Wyoming killed the second-highest number of elk in recent history last year.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says elk hunters reported a 44.5-percent success rate. Statewide, they took almost 26,000 elk.

Hunters also took large numbers of antelope, deer and black bear. One exception was moose: The number of moose killed fell to the lowest level in decades.

Game and Fish Deputy Chief Doug Brimeyer says mild winter weather and good moisture made for good wildlife habitat last year.

He says elk hunters can expect more of the same this year.

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