[…]Our first photograph of the moose was taken via trail camera during a research project by STEM students at Paul Smith’s College. For the past few weeks, we have been finding tracks on our trails but no one reported a sighting until Wednesday, June 16, when a lucky hiker captured a picture of the moose on the Heron Marsh Trail. The moose has been hanging out near this trail because there is plenty of food in the marsh. Moose love to eat wetland plants such as pond lilies because of their high sodium content. Moose also enjoy leaves, twigs, and buds of hardwood and softwood trees and shrubs.
We are excited to see a moose here at the VIC so early in the year. Typically, moose sightings occur during breeding seasons in late September and October. One reason moose are so fascinating is their size. Moose are the largest in the deer family and weigh between 600 to 1,200 pounds. Having trouble picturing that weight? Cows only weigh between 500 to 800 pounds. Despite their size, moose move quickly and gracefully through the forest and are excellent at camouflage. Moose enjoy wide trails and fields where they can have more freedom.
Adirondack moose are low in population density and their overall population ranges from 400-800 moose. To most people, this is an alarmingly small density but, in the Adirondacks, it is a sign of growth. In the 1800s the Adirondack moose population was nearly wiped out by unregulated hunting and deforestation. It was not until 1980 that moose sightings were documented again by the DEC. Now hunting the majestic moose is a crime in New York State. Predators to moose still lurk in the Adirondacks. Black bears are the main predators, but coyotes often go after an unsuspecting young calf. Moose are also threatened by automobile collisions, and it is recommended you drive slowly at night to avoid harming a moose.[…]Adirondack moose: One spotted on trails at the Paul Smith’s VIC — The Adirondack Almanack