Have you ever spotted a moose in the Adirondacks? If you see one in the future, the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to know about it as part of its moose study!
Photo Credit: Rhys Templar
A multi-year research project is currently underway by the DEC, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Cornell University Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program to obtain information on the status of the moose population in New York State.
The groups are specifically seeking to learn about the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rates, so these can be included in a New York State moose management plan.
As part of the study, twelve moose in the Adirondacks were fitted with GPS radio collars last winter, and their movements are being tracked remotely. The DEC reports that of the nine cows that were collared, seven had calves and two of those had twins.
Information from the public about sightings is just as valuable to the researchers as the GPS data, so if you see a moose, please report it to the DEC by calling the Region 5 Wildlife office at 518-897-1291 or by completing and submitting the electronic reporting form.
Your participation can help make sure that these majestic creatures thrive in the Adirondacks for years to come!