Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moose At Helldiver Pond In The Moose River Plains

Moose At Helldiver Pond by John Warren

Perhaps the most photographed moose in the Adirondacks is this visitor to Helldiver Pond in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest between Indian Lake and Inlet. This photo was taken Friday afternoon (on a long lens in order to keep a respectful distance).

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

8 Responses

  1. Charlie s says:

    The Helldiver moose! I was at Helldiver Pond two September’s ago.Back then the word was out that a moose was seen at this pond on numerous occasions. I never did see it.What a magnificent species.I bet he hangs there because he knows the danger in humans and there’s hardly a soul in them there parts.

  2. Paul says:

    Good to see a nice healthy moose with all the problems the are having in other areas. A friend of mine has a game camera in an area that we hunt deer together. Last year he got at least 6 different moose in photos. All of them look very healthy (as far as the hides look). I hope these winter ticks don’t become an issue here.

  3. Bill Ingersoll Bill Ingersoll says:

    Ahh, Harold the Helldiver moose. I missed him by about 5 minutes when I camped nearby in 2012, judging by the two guys beside the road who were giddily gesturing with their hands to indicate the size of its antlers. He had apparently just walked right down the road just before I had returned from some hike; his hoof prints were clearly visible in the gravel surface. They led through the brush toward the pond, but I never saw him that weekend.

    • Mary Tennant says:

      We saw a young moose 2 years ago strolling down the road from Helldiver , around the bent to Sumner Stream… got some pretty good pictures… another time we were camped by Sumner Stream, woke in the night to hear the click clack of hooves walking across the wooden bridge…. amazing experiences!! Love it there… been camping in Moose for 30 years, good to see the moose re-establishing a population in the ADK park. HOPE TO SEE ANOTHER ONE NEXT WEEKEND WHEN WE GO AGAIN…

  4. Harold the moose not only hangs out around Helldiver. While bushwhacking last week in the Moose River Plains along a compass track that traces the old military road his prescence was spotted severa times. There’s an absolute perfect off the beat wetland area I’m guessing he enjoys when Harold seeks a more remote hermit-like existence.

  5. Steve Hall Steve Hall says:

    “Helldiver” Pond? Love it! Even in their Summer coats, moose are uncomfortable when temperatures climb out of the fifties and sixties, which is one of the reasons we see them so often in Lakes in Summer. In addition, moose suffer from sodium deficiency in Winter, and we hit them with our cars when they are up on the road, licking up the ice melting salt. Water plants are rich in sodium, and moose have evolved an interesting nose-mouth arrangement, which allows them to swallow underwater (search recent Almanack article on the moose’s nose). Finally, moose are besieged by coat and skin parasites, and being in the water is one way of removing many of these parasites, including winter tics. Great shot!

  6. Pat McCullough says:

    There are several YouTube videos an the Helldiver Moose.

  7. Jim S. says:

    Great photo! I was going to use this as an opportunity for a pun but decided that would be a moosetake. I “caribou”t this blog too much to do that

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