WHERE TO SEE MOOSE
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Moose may be one of the first species really impacted by global warming. They're declinging in many areas that used to be colder Arctic, Minnesota and generally the Northwest). But their situation is puzzling because they're stable in Maine and spreading westward all the way to upstate New York.
Moose are still hunted in many states, hit by cars or infected with parasites such as brainworm.
Moose like to drink from salty roadside bogs. So in the northeast, it's relatively easy to spot them if you go driving in well populated ares (like Moose Alley in New Hampshire) at dusk and dawn.
Moose like to go to the same watering hole everyday. So if you see one today, head back around the same tomorrow. You can spot the most popular wallows by the heavy tracks--literally a moose trail--leading out of the hole.
Moose Alley, NEW Hampshire
Stop wasting your time trying to spot moose in Maine or Vermont. Along Route 3 in the northern tip of New Hampshire is known as Moose Alley. Stop in Pittsburg, NH and ask the locals for any spots they've seen moose lately. But really you stand a good chance of just seeing them on the roadside around dusk anywhere from town up to Canada, especially by First Connecticut Lake.
Grand Teton National Park
Moosehead Lake, MAINE
The Moosehead Lake area in central Maine boasts having three moose for every person. In May to June you can celebrate Moosehead Mainea. There are plenty of private guides in the area. And you can always drive around at dusk and dawn.
The Moosehead Lake Chamber of Commerce makes these moose-watching suggestions:
• Take a scenic drive to Kokadjo, a small community north of Greenville. Stay on Lily Bay Road for approximately 20 miles and keep your eyes open for moose along the way!
• If you've gotten to Kokadjo and still haven't had your fill of moose sightings, head to Lazy Tom Bog, just past Kokadjo. This bog is very popular with our local moose!
• Make a day of your moose watching by driving to Rockwood, a town north of Greenville on Route 15, where you can head over to Mt. Kineo by boat shuttle for some hiking or exploring.
• Turn left on Depot Street from Greenville Junction to Shirley. Go right in Shirley, through town onto the dirt road toward The Forks. This road may not be passable during winter and spring.
• Take Route 15 South and look for moose between the upper and lower Shirley turn-offs in the bog area.
• Book a Moose Safari with any of our Guide Services.They know where the Moose are and when to see them, some even offer a guaranteed sighting.Trips can range from a few hours to a whole day event.
Moose Safaris & Guided Trips:
Birches Resort • Rockwood • (800) 825-9453
Canders Guest House & Cottage • Greenville • (207) 695-0362
Historic Pittston Farm • Rockwood • (207) 280-0000
Maine Guide Fly Shop & Guide Service • Greenville • (207) 695-2266
Moxie Outdoor Adventures • The Forks • (800) 866-6943
New England Outdoor Center • Millinocket • (800) 766-7238
Northwoods Outfitters • Greenville • (207) 695-3288
Wilsons On Moosehead Lake • Greenville Jct. • (207) 695-2549
Young's Guide Service • Greenville • (207) 695-2661
Yellowstone National Park
About 800 moose live in and around Yellowstone National Park and move throughout the year. In warm weather they like to eat in the Willow Park area, between Norris Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs, according to Yellowstonepark.com. Yellowstone.net recommends the area south of Canyon and the Lake area, the Madison and Firehole rivers and the east side of Lamar Valley.
Yellowstone National Park, WY (307) 344-7381
Anchorage Roaming Moose
Anchorage, Alaska has up to 1,000 moose roaming around town. According to AlaskaTrekker.com, Earthquake Park and Kincaid, both near the airport, are likely spots to see them.
Gorham, NH Moose Tours
The Village of Gorham runs three-hour moose tours and boasts a 96% success rate in seeing moose. The tours are seasonal and start in May.
Tickets at the Gorham Information Booth at 96 Main St.
603-466-3103 or toll free 877-986-6673, Gorham, NH
Isle Royale Moose, miCHIGAN
Isle Royale National Park has several hundred moose that are relatively common to see. Their only predator is the wolf, but both populations have been hit hard by ticks. The predator-prey relationship has been studied for 50 years. The population hit its lowest level in 50 years in 2007.
Isle Royale is only accessible by boat. Ferries come from Houghton and Copper Harbor, Michigan and Grand Portage, MN (906) 482-0984
Upper Worcester County, Massachusetts
Moose returned to Massachusetts in the 1970s after a two year absence. In 2007 the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game estimated 850-950 moose live in the state, most in northern Worcester County. (placemark on map is not precise)
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, WA
Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife counts about 1,000 moose, mostly in the northeast corner of the state. The sprawling Lake Roosevelt National Recreaton Area is one place they're definitely found, especially by Kettle Falls and Wilbur.
1008 Crest Dr.,
Coulee Dam, WA
Moose Capital of North Dakota
Walhalla is the Moose Capital of North Dakota. You may see them in the Pembina Hills Wildlife Management Area northwest of town, the Walhalla Country Club or the Jay Wessels WMA south of Walhalla. The Pembina Hills were created by a gorge from the Pembina River. Pembina also has the state's only naturally occuring (not reintroduced) elk herd.
Adirondack Park, NEW YORK
The massive Adirondack State Park has had moose since 1980 and they are on the rise. The area around Indian Lake was one of the first places they appeared. Route 30 below Indian Lake is a good watching area, according to this enthusiastic local report. New York State still wants to hear about your moose sightings: MO-MooseSiting@dot.state.ny.us
Park Visitor Center 518-327-3000Adirondacks Tourism (800) 487 - 6867
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