This is a question that comes up a lot. The answer is "you never know." This is an article that was on our local NH news station WMUR-TV.
Enjoy! ~~~allfins ><>
In 40 plus years of hiking, fishing, driving roads and just generally being outdoors where there could be a moose I had never seen one.
Where do I first see one? Crossing the Moosilauke Hwy right at a Moose Crossing sign. I don't think the word Moosilauke has anything to to with moose but still and right at a frigging moose crossing sign after decades of never seeing them anywhere.
That reminds me of a funny question. Someone supposedly asked: "Why on earth do they put "moose crossings" on main highways in NH!?!??" ~~~allfins ><>
I'm not one of them, but enough people must have seen a moose in NW Massachusetts, because some time after Google took this picture (2012) a Moose Crossing sign went up in this general area: https://goo.gl/maps/vXUTp9wRFr42
Like so many things, it's all about being in the right place at the right time.
Hank, my experience was the same.
Many years camping and driving in NH and never saw a moose. I've seen the "moose crossing" signs and I've seen lots of hoof prints in the deep snow heading across the highway and into the woods. We used to camp a lot at White Ledge right on Rt 16. There's a moose crossing sign there and a lake across the street. We heard rumor of moose in the campground several times but never saw one.
Then one morning I got up early to take photos of the sunrise. I was headed east on the Kanc and came around a corner and there was a moose standing not more than 30-40 ft off the road, knee deep in a marsh, munching breakfast. I pulled over and watched her for 15 minutes before someone else came along and pulled over spooking her.
I had a similar experience with bears. Had never seen one despite seeing tracks all the time when hiking or fishing and friends who pretty much did the same things I did seeing them all the time. Back in the day my parents would even see them in our back yard frequently but I never seemed to be home then.
Then a couple summers ago I saw at least 10 of them over the course of a few months. Every single one I saw crossing the road when I was on a bike ride.
Still on my 'wish list' is a Bobcat.
oh, I have seen a Mountain Lion is NH though. I'm sure of it.
Their existence in NH is controversial so I want to mention for reference that I have never seen a UFO.
Yeah, same thing w/bears, of course this is down here in north GA. I had seen a bear crossing the road at a distance. Never anything more. Then one morning I was up in the Blue Ridge Mtns sitting along a mountain road and I heard this strange "crying" down in the gully. I watched this bear cub (good size) running back and forth for a long while before he ran off for good. I assumed that he had been of age to be abandoned by the mother. I chose not to look closer, in case that wasn't the case w/the Mom.
My best bear story? I was out hiking w/my son one cold Oct morning down here. We didn't see a bear, BUT, I stepped over a log across the path, looked down and there was a steaming pile of skat right at my feet. I let him have one quick look and we beat feet back to the car.
Never seen a bob cat or mountain lion, sadly lots of wild boars/feral hogs, deer, fox and turkey galore. FWIW, I've seen a UFO.
to quote myself: "my parents would even see them in our back yard frequently but I never seemed to be home then."
That's no longer a true statement. I saw one last night walking right across the back lawn. I was inside and it came right up the window I was looking though. It was quit thrilling.
The nearest neighbor says he saw it too and it knocked down a fence and trashed his bird feeders.