Moose Spotted In UP, What Should You Do If You Spot a Moose?
Recently a pair of moose was spotted in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. What should you do if you spot a moose while visiting the U.P.?
It's not impossible to see a Moose when you travel across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Years ago I was traveling West on U.S. 2 and there were several marshes on the right side of the road. I know how moose love to eat in the water so I keep eyeing those marshes. I got about 3 quarters of the way across the U.P. when I spotted a young bull with his antlers in velvet. It was one of the most breathtaking moments I've had outdoors. Unfortunately, these were the pre-cell phone days and I didn't have a camera with me but I have a memory that I will cherish forever.
What Should You Do if You Spot a Moose in the Upper Peninsula?
It is hard to not want to stop if you are driving and you see a moose but before you stop, make sure no one is right on your tail then slowly pull completely off the road. Look before you get out and if you take a picture do so off the road. If you see a mother moose with her young and they are close by, don't get out of the car. A mother moose is highly unpredictable when she is with her young and could possibly charge at you. If you see any moose, stay a safe distance away to enjoy the moment and maybe snag a photo or two if you are lucky.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources needs your help if you spot a moose. The DNR asks that if you do spot a moose to please report it here. Try and tell if the moose is male or female and how many there are if there are more than one. Try and remember the location where you saw the moose. This kind of information is very helpful to the DNR as the herd is still growing.
Where to Look for Moose in Michigan
The best areas to see moose are on the west side of the Upper Peninsula. Newberry in Luce County is where the most sightings are. Western Marquette, Southern Baraga, and northeast Iron Counties are some of your best choices when looking for moose.