Sep 28, 2007 — State wildlife officials say New York's moose population is growing exponentially. Based on field work and sightings reported by the public, the Department of Environmental Conservation estimates as many as 500 moose could be living in the state, mostly in the Adirondacks. It's a dramatic increase from a decade ago, when the DEC put their number between 50 and 100. Only a handful of moose were in New York in the 1980s. It's now breeding season for moose and that means the animals are roaming far and wide looking for mates. This week, a bull moose broke through a fence at the Great Escape amusement park in Queensbury and trotted through the parking lot of Aviation Mall before DEC officers arrived to move the animal away from the area. DEC wildlife biologist Ken Kogut tells Jonathan Brown that as the number of moose increase so do the amount of car accidents they cause.