MAINE MOOSE SPOTTING
Maine's Favorite Sport
In the Jackman – Moose River Region, you are sure to see at least one moose if you know where and when to go. Maine's moose population is one of the largest in the lower 48 states, estimated at 60-70,000 moose. (The plural of moose is moose). So with a little effort, spotting moose should be easy.
Best time of year to view moose. From mid-May through July and again in the fall during their breeding season. If you're looking to get a photo of a moose with impressive antlers, October is your go to month as they start shedding them in November.
Best time of day to view moose. Moose are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn or dusk. Moose rest during the night and day hours. So if you want to see a moose, get out to your favorite spots before dawn or right before dusk.
Best locations to view moose. Since moose are rather large animals (males can weigh as much as 1000 lbs.) and may have massive antlers, they find it easier to move about in open areas – so dirt roads, trails, and fields are good places to look. They also like to hang out near water including bogs or near streams and rivers. And if you're planning a trip to Canada, keep an eye out on the side of the road because Route 201 from The Forks to the Canadian border is called “Moose Alley” due to the numerous sightings.
Male moose can weigh 1000 lbs. while females are a little smaller weighing in around 800 lbs. The largest moose in Maine weighed in at 1767 lbs.
Moose pregnancy lasts 243 days or about 8 months.
The breeding season (called rut) for moose begins in late September and lasts into early October.
Moose are generally solitary animals, except for calves that remain with their mother until they are around one year of age when the mother drives them off.
Moose can run faster than a human.
Moose usually live up to 10-20 years in the wild.