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A moose has been seen in a swampy area near Interstate 84 in Southington, and motorists are being advised to use extra caution when traveling through that area.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said today that the moose was seen on West Street in Southington entering a swamp that abuts the highway.
Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because once struck, they are more likely to collapse through a vehicle windshield due to their height, DEEP said in a news release. They are also difficult to see when driving at night because of their dark color.
All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local or state authorities or to DEEP environmental conservation Police officers at (860) 424-3333. Residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings at www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife.
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.