The historian Philip Terrie has written a book on Adirondack mammals, but he has never seen a moose in the Adirondacks.
He is not alone.
Although as many as a thousand moose (no one knows for sure) live in the Adirondack Park, you have to be lucky to see one.
Jeff Nadler, a nature photographer from outside Saratoga Springs, is one of the lucky ones.
He took the above photo last weekend in the town of Edinburg near Great Sacandaga Lake. He and his wife were driving on Fox Hill Road.
“As we stopped and parked, the moose actually started walking down the road toward our car,” he told me. “But a car approaching from the other direction only stopped for a few seconds and slowly kept driving. So the moose walked off into the woods.”
Nadler said there is a moose population living in the hills east of Great Sacandaga.
This was the third time Nadler has seen a moose in the Adirondacks. The other sightings were at Helldiver Pond in the Moose River Plains and Round Lake south of Tupper Lake.
I should add that I too am one of the lucky ones. My son Nathan and I were driving on Route 30 just north of Long Lake one day when we saw several cars parked on the shoulder. I slowed down, and Nate shouted, “A moose!”
Sure enough, a big bull was ambling along the highway. We pulled over and got out of the car. The giant creature, seemingly indifferent to the gawking humans, sauntered across the road and into the woods. He knew who was king of the forest.
Click here to view more of Nadler’s moose photos. While on his website, be sure to check out his other galleries, including his stunning bird photos.