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Where Sighting a Maine Moose is Guaranteed
Maine Moose

"Guaranteed to see a moose—that's our claim to fame," says Maine Wildlife Park Superintendent Curt Johnson.

© 2013 Kim Knox Beckius
It is an indescribable thrill to sight a moose in the wild. It's happened to me on four occasions, and I remember each one as vividly as if it happened yesterday.

Maine's sizable moose population is second only to Alaska's, and many Maine visitors dream of spotting a moose as they're exploring the state. There are ways to increase your odds of seeing a moose, but the truth is, it's a game of patience and of the proverbial "being in the right place at the right time." And when you're vacationing in Maine, particularly if it's a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you may not want to devote hours to hanging around swampy bogs or cruising remote logging roads at dusk and hoping for a lucky break.

So, what's a fan of these gangly, hulking, magnificent creatures to do? You can increase your chances of seeing a moose to 100% by including a stop at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine, on your itinerary. It's about a half-hour west of Freeport.

On this photo tour, you'll meet many of the fascinating, hard-luck wild animals that inhabit this enduring attraction and hear the story of the most enchanting moose encounter of my life.

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