The Maine story of the moose
Maine now boasts the second highest population of moose, second after Alaska, with around 75,000 individuals. Visit Maine notes, “Moose can be seen throughout the state, but their population is greatest in the Western Lakes and Mountains, the Kennebec & Moose River Valleys, the Maine Highlands, and Aroostook County. The best times to spot them are at dusk and dawn from mid-May through July and again in the fall during their breeding season.” If you go out looking for moose, just remember to keep your distance and respect their space. They can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour when charging, so don’t do anything to anger a 1,000 pound moose!
Unfortunately, moose are again having trouble thriving but this time not due to over-hunting. It is due to a mix of problems, from brain worms to tick infestations. Different states’ populations are experiencing different problems, but one of the few places where moose populations aren’t changing nearly as dramatically is Maine where the northern forests are ideal for the species.