Some time back I was contacted by a young journalist, Charlie Mitchell from Stuff, New Zealand. I helped him out as much as I could from my experiences. Over the last two days I have been thrilled to read and see what he has put together of the continued existence of this wonderful herd. There are other moose hunters out there as well. That is good news.
Les Murrrell’s two bulls in the Seaforth River, 1927.
There have been two authentic DNA confirmations of the NZ moose this century. Only last year I encountered fresh browse and fresh moose scent in the Hauroko Burn.
Eventually someone’s hard work will pay off with authenticated footage of one of these ‘gentle giants’. Of course everyone involved hopes it will be their photos which reveal this strange carry-over from an ancient era lurking in the primeval forests of New Zealand. I will be having another crack at finding them myself if my fitness and finances hold up. I will keep you posted.
Meanwhile you can find Charlie’s two fine articles here:
See also my posts, eg here: