Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Massachusetts
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Massachusetts Project

Status, Movements, and Habitat Use of Moose in Massachusetts

January 2006 - September 2011


Participating Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Moose have re-colonized much of their historic range in New England. This recent southern expansion has raised questions as to their ability to cope with different forest types, densely populated areas, and higher temperatures. We used GPS collars to track the movements of moose throughout southern New England. Home ranges were between 30-200 sq km, and moose used a combination of young forest for food, mature forest for thermal cover, and wetlands, esp. during calving, while avoiding the densely developed areas. The population is low density but appears stable. Moose-vehicle collisions remain a concern throughout the region.

Research Publications Publication Date
Wattles, D., and S. DeStefano. 2011. Status and management of moose in the northeastern United States. Alces 47:53-68. | Abstract July 2011
Technical Publications Publication Date
Wattles, D., K. Berger, S. DeStefano, W. Woytek, and J. McDonald. 2006. Moose movements and habitat use: progress report on the GPS moose study in Massachusetts. USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Amherst, MA and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, MA. 15pp. June 2006
DeStefano, S., and D. Wattles. 2009. Tracking the Commonwealth's moose. Massachusetts Wildlife 59:12-25. October 2009
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Wattles, D. W. 2011. Status, movements, and habitat use of moose in Massachusetts. MS Thesis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. August 2011