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2018-07-11 / Front Page

Introducing: “Jeff” the Moose

Randy Graham, left, and Jeff Raymond, right, hold “Jeff.” Randy Graham, left, and Jeff Raymond, right, hold “Jeff.” The Newberry Chamber of Commerce building has a new, permanent resident, “Jeff,” a bull moose head donated by Randy Graham.

Graham, a former State Trooper out of the Newberry Post from 1992 to 2007, harvested the moose October 31, 2004 in White River, Ontario.

The animal had a 42-inch outside spread of antlers and stood approximately seven feet at the shoulders.

Graham and his wife had the head mounted and installed at their East Lake retreat, but they’re moving downstate and have no room for Jeff (named after Graham’s Canadian guide).

Despite being a Michigan State Trooper, Graham had a difficult time returning to the States with Jeff. He was stopped at the border and told he had to remove the brain and spinal column. After Graham found a taxidermist in Canada to perform the work, he tried again to cross the border.

Once again he was stopped (with a headless moose) and searched, but Graham was able to return home with his prize.

Graham is now retired after serving 31 years in the Michigan State Police.

"The Chamber of Commerce is delighted to accept the donation by Mr. and Mrs. Randy Graham of Jeff the Moose to our office,” said Chamber director Roberta Huffman. "Jeff will be a wonderful addition and will certainly delight visitors and help them learn all about Newberry and the Moose capital of Michigan."

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