- Schoultz, James David
University of Maine Graduate School
To examine moose utilization of commercially harvested forests in north central Maine, pellet group counts were conducted in 1977 and 1978 on lands which were undisturbed and on lands which were commercially clearcut and diameter limit cut. Pellet groups were counted on 188 randomly located 100-m transect lines, each with six 20-m2 circular plots spaced 20 M apart.
From mid-fall to early spring moose utilized clearcut softwood and partial cut mixed forest habitats more than other habitats. Browse availability was the most important factor related to selection of these habitats b y moose. During my study snow depths did not seriously limit moose movements. Moose showed no tendency to use areas along edges of clearcut and residual softwood habitats more than the adjacent clearcuts.