5/28/02

E-mail from Elizabeth and Mary Beth:

Around 8:30 pm on Memorial Day we saw THREE moose cross Route 28, just about a mile south of Mason Lake.  If anyone is traveling this road at dusk they should drive with extreme caution.  We put our hazard lights on immediately after stopping on the road shoulder so that other on-coming cars got a chance to safely slow down to take a look too.  It was a sight to see!!  It looked to be a cow moose with a juvenile (last years calf).....followed by another moose.....not sure if that last one was a cow or a bull...it was getting pretty dark by then!  

9/19/02

E-mail from Sharon Stillwagon:

I'm happy to see that there are fellow Adirondack Moose supporters besides myself here in New York. Well much to my surprise, I ran into a huge bull moose on a trail just south of the Keene Valley at the base of Dix Mt. Saturday, 9/14/02. He was absolutely gigantic with about a 4 ft. rack, and he was standing on the trail about 15 ft. ahead of us. I was so excited because I have this thing for moose, and he was my first encounter. Although being in the woods about 4 miles from the nearest road did make me slightly nervous at the time, we just left him alone and turned back on the trail. I'm really excited to hear that the moose population is growing, and that Speculator is the moose capital of the Adirondacks because I often drive through there. Hopefully this will be the beginning of many moose encounters in the Adirondacks, but until then at least I have a great memory of one.


9/30/02

E-mail from Andrew Misura:


I saw a moose on Sept. 30 on dairy Hill rd. in the town of Norway. It was a cow and she was pounding the crap out of a 4 foot high stuffed bear that the road construction crew left leaning against a utility pole. She didn't stop until she knocked all the stuffing out of it.  This attack went on for probably 5 minutes. It was awesome.
(NOTE) Norway is just outside of the Adirondack Park in Herkimer County north of Herkimer and Little Falls, NY.  Remember how violent they can be when stressed by a situation..........Ask anyone that has lived in Alaska.

10/7/02

E-mail from Ken Mcmullin:

Just came across your sight while researching info on Adirondack moose. This past weekend I saw a nice size younger Bull Moose just outside of Forestport going toward North Lake on the North Lake road. I have been going to this area for the past 25 years and never thought I would ever see Moose move into the area. It was a great experience it was just after dark when the Bull crossed the road right in front of me.  Take care and Love your sight.
NOTE:  This is one of the Hot Spots for moose sightings.  DEC has relocated several animals from urban settings to the Honnedaga Lake area which is adjacent to North Lake.  The Moose actively travel between this area to Perkins Clearing (our area) and Moose River Plains.  They have followed the movement by radio collar signals that were placed on the moose before release.  However, they eventually always return to their original area.
 

10/12/02


The Russos'  are visiting the area in their motor home for fall foliage season and told us that they encountered a bull moose crossing Route 30 heading toward the lake .  They were in for dinner tonight and said the event took place just after dark last night, about  2 miles north of the Inn.  That area, near Birch Hill Estates, has had a fair share of sightings over the years.  Click on the Indian Lake Moose link below.



10/23/02

Moose on loose again in the state

Returning after 119-year absence, up to 200 now make New York home

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press. First published: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

ALBANY -- After disappearing from New York for more than a century, moose are slowly repopulating the Adirondacks and venturing to other parts of the state.

Uncontrolled hunting in the 1800s nearly wiped out the half-ton herbivores in the Northeast. As the continent's largest wild animal, moose have few predators other than humans.

"As people moved into the Adirondacks, they just shot every one they saw and ate them," said Alan Hicks, who studies moose for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Chased out of New York, moose headed for New England. Despite dwindling numbers, they never completely left Maine. They returned to New Hampshire and Vermont in the 1960s and, after generations of migration, reappeared full-time in New York on June 25, 1980, 119 years after the last confirmed sighting, Hicks said.

New York's moose population has grown from half a dozen in 1980 to an estimated 100 to 200 in 2002. Moose live mainly in the Adirondacks, though startled New Yorkers have spotted them in Albany and as far west as Rochester, Hicks said.

Outside the Adirondacks, moose are most likely seen in summer, when wayward yearlings leave their mothers. Inside the 6 million-acre park, the peak viewing season is late September to mid-October, when "males are looking for females and wandering all over the place," Hicks said.

State officials and environmental advocates applaud any species returning to its natural habitat, but don't plan to aid moose restoration.

"Nature appears to be taking charge ... without our assistance," said Neil Woodworth of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

"People are concerned that a large-scale program might increase their population too much. There are worries about car-animal collisions. It's one thing to hit a deer. It's quite another thing to hit a moose."

An adult, male moose can weigh up to 1,400 pounds and stand six feet tall from hoof to shoulder.

Between 1990 and 2000, the last year numbers are available, 20 moose died on New York's roads. No human died in the collisions. Nationally, fewer than 1 percent of car-moose accidents result in human fatalities.

In neighboring Vermont, with a moose population around 4,000, between 150 and 200 moose are hit and killed each year. Since 1985, 10 motorists have died.

Maine, home to nearly 30,000 moose, averages 700 crashes and two to three human deaths each year, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Hunting moose remains illegal in New York.  Limited hunting helps regulate New England's moose population.  Maine started to allow hunting again in 1980  and has issued 3000 permits annually since 1999, making the state a vacation destination for hunters.  Vermont, which reinstated the sport in 1993 allows hunters to kill 365 moose during a four day season each October.


11/19/02

E-mail from Dean Nervik:
 
Tonight, on the way home from Indian Lake to Speculator on Route 30, I just missed 2 galloping moose that almost became hood ornaments on my truck. The location was .3 mile south of the Jessup River. I took my digital camera out, and took pictures of the foot prints. Here they are!
  
The second picture was taken with a pack of gum next to it.  They were moving across the road from the east side to the west side.

Jessup Moose 4          Jessup Moose 5

The next morning around 8 am, THERE THEY WERE AGAIN!!! and still at the same location (Between Route 30 mile markers 1324 and 1325) on the east side of the road, just standing there looking at me, waiting to get their pictures taken because they were in such a hurry yesterday. I couldn't believe how close the cow let me get to take these pictures.  I stayed very close to my truck, though.  The juvenile led the way into the woods to browse.  I pulled up along side them and took pictures of them stripping bark from a soft maple tree. You can see that tree from the shoulder of the road just a few feet into the woods. After awhile they just sauntered deeper into the woods out of sight.

Jessup Moose 1          Jessup Moose 2          Jessup Moose 3