June 1, 2013

Moose: Ever a Maine attraction

No time is better for spotting the big beasts than during the birthing season, when yearlings are sent off.

By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Young moose like this one molting at a water hole near Lily Bay Road can be a common sight if you know where to look, and even if you don't you can always seek the expertise of a guide.

Robert Hamer photo

A LOTTERY, A FESTIVAL, AND TONS OF FUN

The Maine Moose Lottery and Moose Festival will be June 14 to 16 in Greenville. The lottery will be held at 8 p.m. June 15, with the World Invitational Moose Calling Championships held immediately beforehand.

The three-day festival will include outdoor events such as a turkey shoot, historic tours of the Katahdin steamboat on Moosehead Lake, a triathlon, and a townwide yard sale. For more information, go to www.mooseheadlake.org

TOP FIVE PLACES

TO SEE A MOOSE

IN THE REGION

1. The Department of Transportation garage on Route 15, just south of Greenville.

2. Lily Bay Road, between Greenville and Kokadjo.

3. Lazy Tom Bog, just past Kokadjo, off the Lily Bay Road, north of Greenville.

4. Katahdin Iron Works Road to Gulf Hagus, east of downtown Greenville, just beyond East Road.

5. Routes 6 and 15, heading north of Greenville toward Jackman, just north of Brassua Lake, around Long Pond Township.

-- Source: Moosehead Lake

Chamber of Commerce

But the reality was stranger still.

These people had come to park at dusk, to wait for moose.

Call it the Greenville guarantee.

"There's lots of salt here, lots of salt that has leached into that bog, so they come here to lick it. You won't see a moose here for more than 10 minutes. But if you wait, eventually one will show up. Sometimes in the spring, I've seen as many as 25 cars here, right up alongside the road," Hamer said.

And sure enough, as he explained the most high-profile moose-viewing spot, we watched two yearlings feed in the bog.

Which would have been a perfect finale, but then this is Greenville.

"You need to slow down," Hamer cautioned during my moose lesson.

"Because they can be one foot into the woods and completely invisible. But if you slow down, you'll spot them."

And in less than four hours, Moose No. 4 was in just that spot, on the west side of Route 15 in Shirley.

As I turned to look at a big dark tree, there stood a big moose, feeding on a little tree, just out of the camera's range. But close enough to add to the day's tally.

Four moose in four hours ... on the hottest day of the year.

Never underestimate a place called Moosehead Lake.

Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:

dfleming@pressherald.com

 

 

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