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If you could mount this moose and fly around its neighborhood, you’d enjoy one of the finest panoramas of mountains and lakes in the North Woods. The statue is a fitting symbol — the area is famous for its Bullwinkles. The sculpture was inspired by an Abenaki legend about a boy and a moose who became inseparable friends. When the pair slipped into a rushing river and plunged over a waterfall, nearby hunters said the moose fell so gracefully it appeared to soar. Today, it’s the forest itself that needs a lift. The area has kept its natural character for centuries; permanent settlement didn’t come until the Nova Scotians moved in shortly before the Civil War. It wasn’t until the 1920s that a road was built connecting this hamlet to a better-known one down the road. But the way of life here appears to be endangered. For locals — and all Mainers — the question is how to rescue it. Have you ever seen this flying moose? Send us a note at PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; fire off an e-mail to email@example.com; or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify it.