The #Moose in Maine is iconic as the state’s animal. The animal is built well to adapt to its environment with its long legs, thick-set body, short neck, and broad head. It is the largest antlered animal in the area and the biggest of the deer family. The moose can grow to be 10 feet long and seven feet tall at the shoulders. However, the nearly ¾ ton animal is in danger of survival in its own home where it is known as the state animal.
Cause of the Moose endangerment
The New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife service fear that the moose will be extinct within the next 20 years. Their numbers have declined from 7500 #Animals to about 3500. Speculation is that hunting, increased issues with ticks and warmer winters are the probable cause for the lesser number of animals. According to studies by the UNH/Fish and Game moose studies, there were about 42,000 ticks on each moose. That is difficult for the adult animal, but when it comes to moose calves; they cannot withstand the massive number of ticks and eventually die. In addition to the effect on the young animals, it has been noted that many of the adult cow moose are lesser in weight because of the hot summers. Twin moose births are drastically down to nearly none in recent years.
Finding ways to save the Moose population
Moose biologist Lee Kantar is greatly concerned about the population decline of the animals and low calving rates. One step to a resolution is to cut the hunting permits allowed annually by half. Rather than shooting the animals in a hunt, the hope is that people will shoot them with a camera as they view these beautiful, majestic animals. After just closing up camp on the edge of Baxter Park, there were no moose to be found. With all the threats they currently face, it is not uncommon to see a lone moose throughout the summer months rather than the huge numbers that used to roam parks, lawns, bogs, and ponds. Studies continue in Maine on how to preserve the number of moose throughout the state, and protect their state-named animal. #EndangeredSpecies