This site is dedicated to the return of the Moose in the Adirondack Mountains, the rapidly growing Moose population and the people who treasure the wonders of nature and outdoor life.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began a program a few years ago to study and educate people about the magnificent and largest member of the deer family, the Moose. Due to budget restraints, this program was compromised. The gang at the Snowy Mountain Inn said "geez, that is terrible, we should do something". Even though we are not experts on Moose stuff, we felt that someone should keep some information available for nature lovers. We are avid outdoor people that marvel at the the wildlife activity around us everyday here in the mountains. As time goes on, we will have links to sites in other regions of the world that know lots more about these critters than we do. At the same time, we will be learning and passing on info to you about the Moose population that we are right smack in the middle of. Actually, where the Inn is located (Indian Lake - Speculator road) there are Moose Crossing signs every couple of miles for 10 miles, just south of us.
Moose are here in the Adirondacks. The population is believed to be over 500, and growing. Here is the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) article published in the Conservationist magazine
For the Conservationist magazine information, go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/conservationist.html
From the November 2007 issue
Motorists should be alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas at this time of year--a peak of moose activity. Early fall is the breeding season for moose in northern New York. During this time, moose are wandering, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. While this increases opportunities for people to see moose, it also increases the danger of colliding with them on the roadway.
Moose are much larger and taller than deer. Their large bodies cause greater damage, and, when struck, their height often causes them to damage the windshields of vehicles, not just their front ends. Last year, a half dozen moose-vehicle accidents were reported in New York. However, there has not been a human fatality from an accident with a moose, which is a record that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hopes to retain.
Moose are most active at dawn and dusk; unfortunately, these also are times of poor visibility. Moose are especially difficult to see at night because of their dark brown-to-black coloring and their height--their heads and much of their bodies are above vehicle headlights.
From about the end of the Civil War until the 1980s, moose had vanished from the state due to agricultural habitat change and unregulated hunting. Now, moose numbers are growing exponentially in New York, with roughly 500 moose estimated to be in the northern part of the state. That's up from the estimated 50-100 moose a decade earlier and a handful of sporadic sightings in the 1980s. As their population has grown in New England and Canada, many North American moose (usually younger ones) have migrated into New York. However, it's possible the increase in recent years is mainly due to the birth of calves in New York, rather than migration.
Reports of wandering moose have become annual events, and a record number of moose-automobile collisions occurred before the start of the breeding season, when the animals are most active. Although the "core" breeding season has passed, motorists should remain vigilant.
1. Perkins Clearing region northwest of Speculator (Rt. 30). (Jessup and Miami Rivers area.)
2. Moose River Plains. (Cedar River Flow to the Adirondack League Club boundary.)
3. Honnedaga Lake - West Canada Creek Area (North of Route 8, Herkimer & Hamilton County)
Meacham Lake to Debar Mt. in Franklin County (Rt. 30, north of McColloms).
So keep posted and check in regularly for Updates!
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