i have to see a moose

you are now in maine.

In Maine, wildlife is (most always) abundant but you probably won’t see a moose anywhere in the state now. You’ll see them best after summer is over. They are by far the biggest animal in Maine and can usually be found near water in the western and central areas of the state. Moosehead Lake is a popular destination for moose seekers around late September and October. Other central and western areas also have sitings in abundance.

When it comes to animal tracking at anytime of year, dress appropriately for the weather and take your camera, binoculars and your chart or full guide with you. In all seasons but especially in the winter, animals will can often be seen traveling in groups so understanding their behavior during the cold months is imperative for identification purposes. Winter animal tracking is really fun if you’re prepared so grab your stuff and off we go.

The following information is courtesy of the writers at West Coast Maine Adventure Magazine

When we speak of animal tracking, there are some similarities in the shape of a track, or the pattern, and how the tracks are made. This is a good thing. By making a few observations and some quick measurements, it can be relatively easy to identify a track’s owner.

The first observation you should make when you locate a track is to count the number of toes, and look for any claw marks, or signs of a tail dragging. This information alone is often enough to match a track to a particular family. You also want to consider the distance between the tracks, and try to make note of any pattern that the tracks are made in.

When it comes to mammals, there are four basic patterns.

  • Walkers are among the most common pattern, and include animals such as moose, deer, coyote, fox, dogs and cats. They walk in a straight line, and their hind feet land on the tracks that were made by their front feet.
  • A bounder is an animal with a long body and short legs, such as a weasel, which pushes off with its forefeet and then lands on its hind feet.
  • A wad- dler is a wide-bodied animal, such as a black bear, that walks slowly and whose hind feet land in a different spot than their front feet. Lastly, the hopper, includes animals such as rabbits and squirrels.
  • Hoppers jump from their hind feet, and then land on their hind feet, but ahead of their front feet. One interesting clue to look for with hoppers is whether the front feet land side by side or at a diagonal. Side by side front paw tracks indicates a tree dwelling animal, where as diagonal front paw marks indicate a ground dwelling animal.

what animals are around in March?

Otters, bears, deer, rabbits, coyotes, squirrels, big cats, and wolves can be in abundance in Maine in the late winter. Central and western Maine have the best wildlife in my opinion, where ever there are lakes & streams, mountains & rivers. These particular western and central areas include Wilton, Lovell, Rangeley, Raymond, Windham, and MY favorite place to look for winter wildlife, Eustis.

For more information on planning a trip to visit Maine animals & wildlife, please contact The Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at their .com address, or Maine Trailfinders at theirs. Several western and central Maine towns have land trusts~they may be reached either individually or at www.mltn.org and can also help guide you.

And most importantly when you are on Maine adventure, and when you do see an animal in the wild, please observe them from a distance.

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