Maine Moose. Henry David Thoreau called them "God’s horses." One of the first acts by the first Maine legislature in 1820 was to put a moose on the Maine State seal. In 1979, the Legislature named the moose as Maine’s State animal. With its thick-set body, short neck, inordinately long legs and head, and its massive antlers, the moose is a spectacular sight. No animal is more symbolic of Maine’s forests than is the moose.
Maine has an estimated 30,000 moose, more than any other state except Alaska. Moose are the largest mammals in North America and the largest members of the deer family in the world. Bull moose weigh between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds; they can stand over 7 feet tall at the shoulder and 10 feet long. Even cows can weigh up to half a ton. Bull moose antlers can spread up to 6 feet wide and weigh hundreds of pounds.
Although more prevalent in northern and central Maine, moose live throughout the state. In fact, moose have been observed in the parking lot at The Puffin Pines. Moose-watching, observing moose in their natural habitat, is a popular activity requiring no special equipment; binoculars and/or a camera is all you’ll need. Usually the best periods to see moose are (a) late spring-mid summer, when moose are often in shallow ponds and around roads replenishing their sodium that was depleted during the winter, and (b) late August-mid September, when cows and calves particularly can be found around ponds.
When you drive through Washington County and see a moose, what will you do? Stop and look, of course. We also hope you "stop and look" at the Maine Moose Merchandise here on The Puffin Pines web site. In this virtual world, get as close to moose as you wish. But hundreds of moose and several people are killed each year in Maine in moose/vehicle accidents. So, please be alert while driving in moose country. In the real world, if a moose fills your windshield or your camera lens, you’re too close.
In addition to the Maine Moose Merchandise we have on our web site, we have a variety of other smaller items (e.g., key chains, magnets, post cards, tacs/pins, souvenir spoons) in our store in Whiting. If you have an interest in other Maine Moose Merchandise, please drop us a line.
Prints of original art by Fred and Patty Hartman, Downeast Drawings
"A Moose"; 12"x16" Matted Print: B&W $45.00
"Bull Moose"; 11"x14" Matted Print: Color $45.00
Balsam Pillows (Maine-made)
These balsam pillows give off a long-lasting fragrance. They often are used in drawers and closets, under furniture, in automobiles, and on windowsills. Balsam also is used to clear congestion, head colds, and asthma; in baths to relieve sore muscles and backaches; and has been used in the past as a remedy for rheumatism, kidney conditions, bladder inflammation, and urinary difficulties. Traditionally given as a sign of friendship, balsam products make wonderful gifts.
One 8" x 6" pillow $25.00 One 7" x 5" pillow $20.00 (Two for $35)
One 5" x 3" pillow $15.00 (Two for $25)
Large Moose with Brown Ribbon
Soft, plush moose in sitting position with brown ribbon around his neck. 100% polyester. 15" high. For ages 3 and up. $30.00.
Small Moose with Brown Ribbon
Small, soft, plush moose with brown ribbon. 100% polyester. For ages 3 and up. 10" high. $17.00.
Maine Moose Plush Toy
Soft Maine moose in sitting position wearing a sweater. Sitting moose is about 15" high. Moose is made of 100% new polyester; the surface is washable. For ages 3 and up. $30.00
Pajamas, Children's, Moose
This is a 100% cotton pajama set. It includes a long sleeved pullover top and a no-fly, pull up, long pant bottom with an elastic waist. The top has a white front and back, black sleeves, and a red moose on the front. The pants are red and black checked; there s a white moose on the upper front left leg. Sizes: 2T, 3T, 4T, 6, 8, 10. Each set: $35.00.
Note Cards (Maine-made)
Printed original art note cards by Fred and Patty Hartman, Downeast Drawings
These black and white note cards are packaged together in groups of 8. Unfolded, the cards are 5 ˝" x 8". They are printed on 24 pound recycled paper. Two packages of 8 each, with envelopes, is $14.00. To view additional cards, click on Notecards above.
Pajamas, Adult, Moose
These are 100% combed cotton knit pajamas. The t-shirt has a black front and back, red sleeves, and a red moose on the front. The pant design is black moose silhouettes on a red background. The design is permanently dyed into the fabric; it will not fade or run. This is a "mix and match" outfit. The t-shirt tops come in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL. The one-button fly bottoms have a drawstring waist; they also come in XS (M:24-26; W:0-2), S (M:28-30; W:4-6), M (M:32-34; W:8-10), L (M:36-38; W:12-14), XL (M:40-42; W:16-18). When ordering, state clearly which size top, and which size bottom, you want. One PJ t-shirt: $25.00; One PJ pant: $35.00. One pair, top and bottom: $50.00.
These thick acrylic-nylon socks, for sizes 9-11, give excellent warmth. They are excellent for wearing around the house or in a pair of boots outside. Made in the USA. One pair $14.00; two pairs $22.00.
Sweatshirt, Advice from a Moose
These 50-50 cotton/polyester sweatshirts are brown in color. They have a screen-printed design of a moose head and shoulders. The design includes advice you might get from a moose, such as "Spend time in the woods" and "Hold your head up high". S, M, L. XL. $34.00
T-shirt, Three Moose
These oversized T-shirts are made from 100% cotton that is mostly organically-grown. They have a screen printed design. The shirts are dyed and printed in the USA. S, M, L, XL, XXL. $30.00 (XXL $32.00)
T-shirt, dark red, Moose, Maine Attitude
These 100% cotton T-shirts are made outside the U.S. but the design is printed on them in Maine. The screen printed design uses water-based ink, a process which uses no PVCs or solvents. S, M, L, XL, XXL. $30.00 (XXL $32.00)