|DEC Asks Public to Report Moose Sightings
June 06, 2019 12:00 p.m.
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DEC Asks Public to Report Moose Sightings
Data Gathered Will Inform Moose Management in New York State
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking
the public to report moose sightings and observations. DEC and its research
partners use these public sightings as indices of moose distribution and
abundance in New York. This is part of a multi-year research project to obtain
information on the status of New York State's moose population, health of the
moose, and the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rate.
"Moose are iconic animals and the public's help in reporting moose sightings is
key to creating successful moose management plans that work toward growing
and maintaining a healthy population," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "I
applaud the work of DEC's expert wildlife staff and our many partners as we work
together to keep a close eye on New York's moose."
Moose sightings increase in the spring with the rising temperatures and melting
snow. As cows prepare to give birth to the current year's calf, the previous year's
calves become separated and must look for their own territories. New food
sources become available as snow melts and plants grow, while biologically-
essential salt is available along roadsides from winter road maintenance. In late
spring, there is an increase in public recreation in the Adirondacks, as well.
These factors lead to more opportunities for the public to observe moose.
In 2018, a total of 220 moose observations were reported to DEC, a noticeable
increase from the 163 reports in 2017. This is likely due to an increase in public
awareness and assistance with reporting moose sightings. Most moose sightings
occur within the Adirondacks, but neighboring states Connecticut and
Massachusetts also have moose populations, resulting in observations in the
southeast portion of New York.
The moose, a protected mammal in New York State, is the largest member of the
deer family and the largest land mammal in New York. Bulls weigh from 600 to
1,200 pounds and stand up to six feet tall at the shoulder. Cows weigh anywhere
from 500 to 800 pounds.
DEC reminds the public to respect wildlife by viewing from a distance, at least 50
feet away. Keep quiet, move slowly, and do not approach moose. Drive
cautiously at dusk and at night in the Adirondacks. Due to their height and dark
color, moose are hard to see on the road until they are close. There have been
three moose-motor vehicle collisions in the past two weeks.
Have you seen a moose? Let DEC know by reporting your observations using
the online form. Share your moose encounters by mailing in or e-mailing your
photos to us. DEC thanks the public for their continued support and contributions.