Wildlife


The most common large game animals of Baxter State Park are the Moose, Black Bear and Whitetail Deer.
The moose are plentiful in Baxter State Park and are commonly seen during the summer months at Sandy Stream Pond near the Roaring Brook Campground, Russell Pond, Turner Dead Water, the outlet of Nesowadnehunk Lake, Bull MooseDwelly Pond, Stump Pond near Abol, Tracy and Elbow Ponds near Katahdin Stream and Daicey Pond. Moose prefer ponds surrounded by marsh during the summer months because of the plentiful food supply and relief from insects. During September and October they are  commonly seen along the perimeter road, Nesowadnehunk Field, Trout Brook Farm, Russell Pond and Turner Dead Water. Caution should be exercised with cow moose with calves in the spring and bull moose during mating season (Mid September to Mid-October).

   Black Bear are also common throughout Baxter Park. They are observed in the wild at raspberry patches on Center Mountain and blueberry patches on the Travelers in August and on Beech ridges in October. Caution should be observed with all bear. Do not feed the bear. They can be aggressive at close range.

    The White Tailed Deer are prevalent in BaxtPart White deerer State Park. They are commonly observed along the perimeter road throughout the park. Daicey Pond, South Branch Pond, Russell Pond, McCarty Field, Nesowadnehunk Field, Foster Field, and Trout Brook Farm have occasional appearances of deer.

Beaver, Muskrat, Otter and Raccoons are plentiful along the marshes, streams and lakes of Baxter Park. Nesowadnehunk Stream, and South Branch of Trout Brook have active beaver colonies close to the perimeter road. Raccoon are active in all the park campgrounds. They are the best known of woodland bandits.

     Bobcat, Lynx, Red Fox, Eastern Coyote, Fisher, Marten, Weasel, Snowshoe Hare, Porcupine, Red Squirrels and Chipmunks are common in all wooded areas of the Park. The Red Squirrels and Chipmunks are cheerful visitors to all campgrounds.

Please do not feed the animals

    Specie       Hrs. Commonly Observed                      Location Commonly Observed

 Moose

 All Hours
 Summer - Sandy Stream Pond, Dwelley Pond, Stump Pond, Tracy Pond, McCarty Field, Nesowadnehunk Lake Thoroughfare, Russell Pond and Turner Deadwater.
Fall - Nesowadnehunk Field, McCarty Field, Trout Brook Farm, Nesowadnehunk Lake Thoroughfare, and Russell Pond.

 Bear

 Early Morn. & Eve. Hours
Raspberry and Blueberry patches in August, Beech ridges in October

 Deer

 Early Morn. & Eve. Hours
 Park Perimeter Road, Foster Field, Daicey Pond, South Branch Pond, Russell Pond, Nesowadnehunk Field and Trout Brook Farm

 Raccoon

 Early Morn. & Eve. Hours
 Campsites, marsh areas around brooks, streams and ponds

 Red Squirrel & Chipmunk

 All Daylight Hours
 Campsites and all wooded areas

 Mink, Otter, Beaver, Muskrats

 All Hours
 All Park waterways - Beaver have active colonies on Nesowadnehunk Stream, South Branch of Trout Brook near the perimeter road and Daicey Pond

 Snowshoe Hare, Bobcat, Lynx, Fisher, Marten, Red Fox, Coyote, Weasel, Porcupine

 All Hours , although Bobcat and Lynx are primarily nocturnal
 All wooded areas - Fox are often seen "mousing" in Nesowadnehunk Field, McCarty Field, Foster Field and Trout Brook Farm

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