|View from on top of Mount Cannan, New Hampshire|
with the Green Mountains of Vermont in the distance.
As a wildlife biologist, I enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural setting so my hiking motivation was backed by my desire to see a moose in the wild. We figured our greatest chances were at Baxter State Park. Time and time again we heard, “everyone sees a moose at Baxter.” I went online to read park and trail reviews – what were people seeing, where, what time of day, etc. We talked to rv’ers and other hikers who had been there, interrogated the park rangers, and stopped at the visitor center to read the wildlife sighting reports. I researched moose feeding habits and habitat preferences and picked our trails according to our information (because as scientists we are trained to base decisions on data and not speculation). We set out early on our hikes with plenty of food and water, a trail map, and a fully charged camera that was always within reach in my pocket. We hiked for miles and saw some of the most awesomely spectacular scenery….mountain vistas, waterfalls, rushing rapids, dense forest, lakes, streams….everything the park has to offer except a moose. In fact, our most interesting wildlife sightings were red squirrels.
|Looked like good moose habitat|
|We hiked the trail around this pond (Daicey Pond)|
because many hikers reported seeing moose here.
Nope, not us!
|I looked long and hard along the streams as we were|
driving.....because "everybody" sees a moose
along Route 302.
|I am not sure why this sign is necessary! Who in their right mind would not stop their car for a 500-700|
pound, long-legged, large-bodied animal that may have a exceptionally large rack of antlers?