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First moose-calling contest gets laughs

TOP MOOSER - Delaware kid Mickey McKinney is the first-ever champ of Indian Lake’s Moose Calling Contest. Awarded following the competition in the Indian Lake Theater Sept. 24, judge and author Ed Kanze noted that McKinney reached the highest volume of the contestants.

TOP MOOSER - Delaware kid Mickey McKinney is the first-ever champ of Indian Lake’s Moose Calling Contest. Awarded following the competition in the Indian Lake Theater Sept. 24, judge and author Ed Kanze noted that McKinney reached the highest volume of the contestants. Photo by John Grybos.

— Adirondack moose aren't easy to find, but once located, they seem to behave fearlessly, said Kanze. They'll just stand where they are and wait for whatever is bugging them to get close enough for a solid kick.

Most aren't interested in getting that close to a moose, so the brutes pose the most danger to cars. Weighing in at well over a thousand pounds, a moose collision can be serious.

As moose numbers locally increase, Kanze said, “Every year I drive a little bit slower after dark.”

At Indian Lake Central School, the moose tent hosted an Adirondack Museum table with an actual moose skull for handling by curious attendees. That moose was killed in an auto accident, said Jessica Rubin, the museum educator running the booth.

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