Springtime is moose time in Maine

Posted March 21, 2012, at 3:26 p.m.

Maine is home to about 29,000 moose, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and May and June are prime months to see moose feeding at lakes or ponds with their young and browsing at roadsides. Some tips for safely and successfully viewing Maine moose:

• Moose prefer to feed at dawn and dusk. They spend the warmest part the day in the woods.

• Pull your car onto the road shoulder and stop if you spot a moose while driving. Watch from a distance as an adult moose may have young calves close by that cannot be seen.

• Signs that a moose is not happy about the presence of humans: laid back ears or standing hairs on its hump at the shoulders.

• Ask a local where the moose are. Innkeepers, store clerks and visitors center volunteers can point you in the right direction.

• Go with a guide. Registered Maine Guides offer moose watching trips in many parts of the state. See moose by land or water, and away from other seekers.

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