A Guide to Finding the Elusive Moose – King of the Forest
Moose are the largest animals in the NH forests and have no natural predators. This means moose are not afraid of anything including vehicles traveling down the interstate. Moose are most active at night and their dark fur can make them very difficult to see. Unlike deer, the eyes of moose do not reflect the lights of an on0coming car. The result of 1200 pounds of moose rocketing into your front windshield can be catastrophic.
When traveling at night reduce your speed in known moose areas and drive defensively. When viewing a moose, maintain a safe distance. Move slowly and avoid sudden movements. Moose can be very temperamental and dislike encroachment in their space, especially during the mating season or when a cow and calf are together. Give the animal a wide berth and observe from a safe distance. Moose are surprisingly fast and can out run a fleeing observer easily. Again, imagine 1200 pounds and a full rack of male charging after you…not a pleasant vision.
Moose have a keen sense of smell and hearing, but they are also near-sighted. Silently approaching a moose is not recommended as a startled animal may as likely charge as run away.
Where Are the Moose
Moose can be found in nearly every corner of New Hampshire and the moose herd was growing up until a few years ago. The number of moose has been seeing a decline more recently as a result of heavy infestations of ticks that have been weakening and depleting the population. Because of the vast moose friendly terrain in the White Mountains and northwards, moose sightings are more common in the norther tier of the state than more southern regions.
A particularly good location for viewing moose in the region is the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge located approximately 30 minutes from the Gale River Motel.
When to See Moose
Moose are most active in the early morning and early evening hours. Just before sunset moose will roam in search of saplings or salt, moose are vegetarians and often seek out water lilies and other aquatic vegetation in swampy and shallow lakes.
A popular way to spot a moose is by taking a guided tour of the region with a local “moose tour” guide. Pemi Valley Moose Tours out of Lincoln, NH is one of the regions premiere tour guides citing a 97% success rate on their website.
Coming to the White Mountains and want to see a moose…Visit the Gale River Motel website at www.galerivermotel.com and send us an email requesting a copy of Moose on the Loose brochure. The brochure contains a map of the most popular “hangouts” for catching a glimpse of New Hampshire’s grandest “wild thing”.