CONTACT:
Lt. John Wimsatt, District Six Chief: (603) 271-3361 or (603) 868-1095, jwimsatt@nhfgd.org
September 8, 2005


Locked Moose Antler Educational Exhibit Debut

WILMOT, N.H. -- On September 24, 2005, at 10 a.m., the NH Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc., working in partnership with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Conservation Officers' Relief Association will hold an unveiling ceremony for its life-size taxidermy exhibit depicting two adult moose. The enormous bulls permanently locked antlers in nearby Gile State Forest two years ago and, unable to separate, died.

All donors, supporters, members of the media and the public are invited to attend the brief ceremony which will be held at the Gardiner Memorial Wayside off of Route 4A at the Wilmot/Springfield town line.

The concept for the exhibit, named "Forever Locked -- The Story of the Battling Bull Moose of Fowlertown," began on October 9, 2003, when New London resident Ray Deragon discovered the recent remains of these North Country monarchs. He contacted Conservation Officer John Wimsatt who inspected the scene with Deragon. The two developed the project and, almost two years later, after an extensive fundraising campaign and countless hours of volunteer work, the exhibit is nearly complete.

The $40,000 project, created entirely with donated funds, is designed to be mobile and will travel to a variety of outdoor shows, state fairs, and other venues. It is a one-of-a-kind, museum-quality educational exhibit dedicated to supporting the mission of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

"Forever Locked" will be on display at the Deerfield Fair from September 29-October 2, 2005.

If you plan to attend the ceremony, please RSVP to Lt. John Wimsatt at (603) 271-3361, or (603) 868-1095, or jwimsatt@nhfgd.org. Light refreshments will be served. For further information about this project visit www.northcountrynewsnh.com and click on the Locked Moose Antler Project link.

As guardian of New Hampshire's fish, wildlife, and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage, and protect these resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about these resources; and provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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