BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - They're big, brown, elusive, and making a strong comeback in New York State. They are moose on the loose.
On Sunday, March 28 Ed Reed, a wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 office in Ray Brook will offer a program entitled "Moose on the Loose in the Adirondacks" at the Adirondack Museum.
The presentation is part of the popular Cabin Fever Sunday series.
The program will be held in the Auditorium and will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members.
The fee for non-members is $5. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served.
For additional information, please call the Education Department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.
The Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open from 12 - 4 p.m.
Cabin Fever Sunday programs are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park: www.pearsallfoundation.org.
"Moose on the Loose in the Adirondacks" will review the history, current status, and future of moose in New York State. Moose were native to New York, but were extirpated before 1900. The expansion of moose from Maine and Canada across New England reached the state in the 1980's, and the population is now well established and self-sustaining.
Biologists estimate that there are around 500 moose in the state, with the population expected to increase rapidly in the next decade. The program will cover food habits, breeding biology, habitat needs, mortality factors and recreational values of moose.
Ed Reed has worked for DEC for twenty-five years in fisheries and wildlife and has been the big game biologist for Region 5 since 2001. His main areas of expertise include management of whitetail deer, black bear, and more recently moose. Ed received a degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and has worked in the outdoor field for over 35 years.