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Posted February 14. 2018 11:45AM

Thomas Jefferson ships NH moose to Paris with mismatched antlers to prove new nation's worth

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The moose is by nature an individualist who prefers the solitude of the forest. (Union Leader file photo)

Once killed in New Hampshire, it took teams of 20 men two weeks to drag the moose out of the forest. The skin was ripped. The meat was rotted. The antlers were knocked off.
When Jefferson finally received the shipment, a year after it was killed, he found mixed sets of deer, caribou, and elk antlers had been sent along to mount on the seven-foot-tall moose “for Jefferson to affix to the head of mix and match as he saw fit.”