Maine is lucky enough to be one of only a few states in the U.S. that has a sizable moose population. While estimates on the moose population in Maine are hotly debated, an extensive study released in 2013 estimates it at 76,000, the largest concentration of moose in the country next to Alaska.
Moose can be seen throughout the state, but their population is greatest in the Western Lakes and Mountains, the Kennebec Valley, 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 time, called the “rutting season.” Always view moose with caution. Stay away from females (cows) with calves and from males (bulls) during mating time.
Remember that moose are huge animals standing as high as 7 feet at the shoulder, as much as 10 feet in length, and weighing anywhere from 1000 to 1500 pounds. Because of their size, moose find it easier to move about in open areas like logging roads, wet bogs, open fields, or hiking and snowmobile trails. Many a traveler has also seen them on the roadways in Maine with a collision averted by paying close attention in areas they are known to wander.
To increase your chances of seeing a moose in Maine, contact one of the outfitters that specialize in moose watching tours or moose safaris. You’ll have the opportunity to safely and comfortably view these creatures with knowledgeable guides giving you information about their habits and life in the Maine woods.
While moose are usually tame animals, never approach them too closely. They have been known to charge people when they feel threatened. And if you spot them on the road you are traveling, always give them the right of way to pass. Remember that they are capable of running 35 miles per hour on land and 6 miles per hour in the water.
For A Guaranteed Sighting: The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray usually has a few moose in residence as well as many other creatures native to Maine.