In general, habitat is the greatest necessity for wildlife occurrence. The Burnt Jacket property is host to two natural wildlife environments; northern forest and freshwater lake. Many common species of wildlife occur on Burnt Jacket and Moosehead Lake. In addition, the property supports many unique species only found in pristine boreal ecosystems of North America.
The Burnt Jacket property is best described as a typical northern forest with spruce and fir flats, interspersed with white pine and hemlock. There are hardwood and mixed wood stands on the higher elevations as well as on Burnt Jacket Mountain. Species typical of these habitats include White-tail Deer, Moose, Black Bear, Coyote, Red Fox and Bobcat, various songbirds, Raven, Great Horned Owl to name a few. There is a small alpine habitat on the mountain which is home to Fisher, Pine Martin, Boreal Chickadee and Gray Jay. An occasional Canada Lynx has been observed hunting on the property as well.
Moosehead Lake is a very large, deep, cold waterbody. It is typical of northern Maine lakes with multitude of islands, both big (several hundred acres) and small (cluster of barren rock outcrops), rocky shorefront, sandy beaches, and a multitude of bays, shallow coves and inlets. These geological features provide ideal habitat for fish including Land-lock Salmon, Togue, Brook Trout, Small Mouth Bass and Smelt. An unusual fish also dwells in the depths of the lake, Cusk or freshwater Burbot.
Mammalian species are also attracted to the lake including Beaver, Otter and Mink along with avian species such as Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Common Loon. The diversity of wildlife associated with Moosehead Lake is considered high due to its remote location, low density of development, large size and clean cold waters.
Two traditional recreational pursuits common to the area are hunting and fishing. Deer, Moose and Bear are all sought after big game species. Every year some lucky hunter bags an exceptional trophy animal. Small game also abound including Turkey, Roughed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare. Fishing in Moosehead Lake can be very productive. Many large 5+ pound Brook Trout are caught every year. An occasional 30 pound Togue have been landed as well.
Wildlife watching can be very fruitful too. You just need to get out there, move slowly and be observant. Hike down an old woods road or paddle some quiet cove and you will be rewarded by being a witness to Mother Nature’s never ending drama.