We just found out from a customer tonight, that traffic was interrupted on Rt. 30 last fall, when a moose was wandering around the road in front of the restaurant. This is the first mention of the incident. I guess we were off somewhere. Great timing, huh! We constantly check for animal sign around the area. Missed that one...
Interviewed several people at Speculator today. No one is aware of any sightings since last fall. Should be some spring sightings soon. The Jessup River Road into Perkins Clearing (hot spot) will be open as soon as it is passable.
Talked with Al Hicks, who is the wildlife biologist in charge of the Moose Program for NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He said sightings have been sparse this winter. Please note, that any information provided to Adirondack Moose Central (AMC), will be forwarded to him, for his records. Reported sightings should be PROMPT, accurate and with as many details as possible. Such as: Location, date, time, sex, number, activity, direction of travel. Pictures would be a plus. REMEMBER, don't do anything that would endanger yourself or others. Moose are very unpredictable and can be extremely aggressive if stressed. Particular times being bulls during the rut season (fall) and cows with young. Dogs and encroaching humans are two of the prime stress factors. Over all, there is no substitute for good common sense when near any animal in the wild.
Located a very educational and interesting web site about Moose. This is a MUST SEE site by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about Minnesota's Moose Mystery (link below).
Memorial day weekend over. I am surprised that we have not heard of any sightings. The weather was decent and brought lots of people to the area.
Well, the summer season has finished and it is time to pass on some info that we didn't have time to put into print. A few reports of tracks and droppings around the area. One of those reports in August was from John & Linda Macan on Round Pond brook, (across the lake from us) which is adjacent to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. In past years, moose have been spotted swimming across Indian Lake, moving to and from that area.
Jeff Nadler (wild life photographer) reports that on Aug. 28th: "We drove thru the Moose River Plains yesterday. An employee at an outfitter in Inlet I talked to said he saw a large bull moose on the road to Rock Dam near Limekiln Lake recently. Someone I know walked the plains road near Cedar River Flow and found moose tracks including a juvenile in the spring." He has some wonderful pics at his web site , of a moose he came upon while canoeing just outside the Adirondack Park. Jeff is constantly hunting moose with a camera, like us.
A moose was observed by many people in early summer, feeding in a marsh on Rt. 30, between Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake.
From a Post Star newspaper article about a cow in the city of Glens Falls:
Al Hicks, a moose specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said moose have been sighted more frequently in recent years.
"It's not unusual to have them close to Glens Falls," Hicks said. Last year, there was a sighting near Exit 19 on Aviation Road in Queensbury. On Thursday, a moose was spotted in Wilton.
Moose disappeared from New York in 1861, he said. Some rare sightings occurred from the 1930s to the 1980s. Since 1980, more moose have wandered into New York from Canada and Vermont.
While moose sightings have become more regular in the past 20 years, Hicks estimates that there are only about 100 in New York state -- most are in the eastern Adirondacks.
Moose aren't very active during the summer and winter months, he said. One moose was tagged in Rochester, brought to Newcomb, and later found by the Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada, Hicks said, adding that, "They get on the move in the fall."
Early September is the beginning of the mating season -- called "rut." "Moose are not aggressive by nature, however they are very large animals -- they're not your pet cow," he said.
In the event of a moose sighting, the animal should be treated like any other wild animal, he said. "Bull moose during peak rut can be a fairly aggressive animal," Hicks said. "Give them some space."
Warning signs that a moose might charge include ears lying flat back or a lowering of the head. "If a bull (moose) is rocking its head from side to side, it means he's sizing you up," Hicks said. "If you think you're bigger, you stay. If you don't -- you leave."
Several customers reported sightings of a cow with twins this fall in the Perkins Clearing area. Momma was wearing a red collar.
A couple of weeks ago, Debbie Nervik was driving her school bus in Speculator with a full load of kids. She stopped so they all could see a moose swimming in Lake pleasant.
Another moose was wandering around a lumber yard in the Edinburg area.
Deer hunters have been reporting moose sign at various locations south of the Inn.