Moose sighting prompts DEEP to alert motorists

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, this photo of a moose spotted near Route 8 in Thomaston, Connecticut.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, this photo of a moose spotted near Route 8 in Thomaston, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Connecticut DEEP

A moose seen near Route 8 in Thomaston has prompted the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to alert motorists today to use extra caution and be observant while driving in the area.

Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because their dark color and tall stance make them difficult to see at night and, once struck, more likely to collapse through the vehicle windshield, DEEP said in a news release.

All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers (860) 424-3333.  Additionally, residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.

Connecticut has a resident moose population estimated at 100 to 150 animals.  They are found most often in the northeastern and northwestern wooded corners of Connecticut but have been seen in most other parts of the state.

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