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Plattsburgh moose

Dr. Nina Schoch captured a photo of a moose the state Department of Environmental Conservation helped rescue in Plattsburgh the first weekend in August. 

The state is still working to nail down how many moose are in the Adirondacks, though preliminary estimates had said there are about 400.

In its latest survey from helicopters, the state Department of Environmental Conservation observed 83 moose or groups of moose, in 42 hours.

This was the fifth annual aerial survey, the DEC said in a newsletter.

The population survey is part of a research project that collects data on moose, which will ultimately help the state form a moose management plan. Many others are part of the study including SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Cornell University's Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the Biodiversity Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program.

If you see a moose, the DEC and partners are collecting that information. You can learn more and report your sightings here ny-moose.weebly.com

— Gwendolyn Craig

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1

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