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Moose Watching In The Umbagog Area
Moose are the largest members of the deer family, and one of the largest mammals in North America. Male moose can grow as tall as 6.5 feet high from shoulder to hoof, and weigh up to 1600 pounds. Moose in Northern New Hampshire go through a mating season called the "rut" from late September through October. Bulls may mate with more than one female during the rut. Calves in Northern New Hampshire are typically born in late May.
For more information about moose in New Hampshire visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Moose are crepuscular animals, which means they are most active and easiest to observe during dawn and dusk. Time of year also effects moose activity. Spring is an excellent time to see moose because they often come to roads to lick the salt left by the melting snow. The fall mating period is another time when moose may be readily seen. During hot summer days, moose often seek the shade of the forest, away from roads. they are more likely to be seen near roads on cloudy summer days. In the winter the opposite holds true: on cold, windy and cloudy days moose tend to seek the protective shelter of the woods.
When looking for moose, it is best to look on the side of the road in muddy, trampled areas. These areas, called wallows, are where moose go to forage on aquatic vegetation and mineral soil. Moose are not always right by roads so it is a good idea to take a pair of binoculars with you.
One of the most important things to remember when viewing moose is that moose are very large and unpredictable animals. It is important to use caution when viewing them on the side of the road because they will not hesitate to walk across the road in front of traffic. When a cow has calves with her she becomes very protective and may charge if approached by a human. Moose are extremely hard to see at times, especially at night. Their dark fur makes them nearly invisible so it is important to use caution when driving at night. Also, please don't stop in the middle of the road to view moose. Pull over to the side to avoid causing a road hazard.
Good Places to see moose in the Umbagog Area
North on Route 16 from Errol
South on Route 16 out of Errol toward Berlin, NH
West on Route 26 toward Colebrook
East on Route 26 toward Upton, Maine
Map of Places to See Moose in the Umbagog Area (.pdf - 464KB)
Moose Watching in the Umbagog Area
For more information please contact
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge