So, you want to see a Moose? For many visitors to Maine, that is one of the reasons they choose to come here in hopes being able to see a Moose. The current Moose population in Maine is estimated to be at 75,000 much higher than the previous count of 29,000 done in 2003. With the one of the largest population of Moose in the country, Moose watching wildlife viewing attracts visitors from all over the world to experience this majestic creature in the Maine woods.
We recently attended a Moose Seminar in Greenville, Maine with guest speaker Lee Kantar, the State Moose Biologist. He explained that the general management of Moose involved balancing influences for wildlife viewing, hunters, and the safety of general public. The State of Maine is divided into 29 districts each having a target ratio to maintain. He explained the latest count was done by scientific counting method used by helicopter. Some Moose facts were provided, and then he took questions from the audience.
Since Moose tourism is a big draw to Greenville, Maine, it was not surprising that several questions were based on where the moose are in The Moosehead Lake Region. He explained that the movement of moose throughout the state is common. Moose will move around as land use changes, clear cuts re- grow, pond vegetation gets striped and beaver infestation occurs.
We observed mixed comments from the crowd to some being that they don’t see many moose, to we just seen several moose today. With the Moosehead Lake Region having one of the highest populations of Moose in the state, Greenville Maine is one of the most sought out destinations for moose watching. The moose are maintained at the ratio of 3.5- 4.5 moose per square mile in our area.
Some seasons yield higher number of sightings and other times of year they are more elusive. One needs to be persistent, look at the right time of day and in areas where conditions are conducive to support food sources they need to survive. So it all boils down to being in the right place at the right time. Guided or self guided, anyone can see a Moose, but of course, guided tours increase your probability. If your planning a vacation and want to experience a moose sighting, consider staying at The Cozy Moose where our guests see them quite often.