Despite care, 'Max the Moose' passes away in Gray
by Don Eno, Reporter
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Max the Moose
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SOLDIER POND, Maine - The story of a young male moose that had grabbed the attention of residents in Soldier Pond and northern Maine has come to an end. "Max," as the moose had been called by local people who had looked after him, passed away on April 11 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, according to Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesperson Mark Latti.

"He died of complications from his infection," Latti said during an April 28 telephone call. "That was despite a lot of effort on the part of the staff."

The moose, in an obviously weakened state, had begun getting fed and cared for by locals in early February. The major medical complication, according to IFW, was an infection stemming from a severe neck wound.

Latti said that staff at the park changed the moose's dressing two or three times a day, and the department had four different veterinarians assess and treat the moose while he was there.

The moose would have good days and bad, said Latti. However, his weakened state from the infection and the large number of ticks that had infested his skin were too much for the young moose.

The park in Gray is the main facility where large mammals, such as moose, are taken by IFW for rehab. Deer and other smaller mammals are often taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators around the state, he said.

"Ideally, the animals will get better, and we can release them back (into the wild)," Latti said.

The park, which is open to the public, is staffed by IFW personnel and 100 volunteers. Animals being rehabilitated there have 24-hour care, Latti said.

Personnel from IFW had picked up "Max" on March 14. Prior to that, he had spent most of his days in the woods near the home of Elaine Desjardins on Sly Brook Road.