September 24, 2013
DEEP Advises Residents to Exercise Caution when Encountering Moose
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents that anyone seeing a moose should observe the animal from a safe distance and notify DEEP and local authorities. Moose can present a serious threat to public safety under some circumstances – under no circumstances should moose be approached.
Although usually shy, moose can feel threatened and become aggressive when encountering people or pets, during the mating season, or after calving. They also may demonstrate unpredictable behavior if they wander into populated areas. Although they may appear to be docile, moose should be given the healthy respect that New England’s largest land mammal warrants.
In the wake of recent moose sightings in New Milford, Farmington, and East Haddam, DEEP also urges drivers to use extra caution and be observant while driving in areas where moose have been spotted. Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because once struck, they are more likely to collapse through a vehicle windshield due to their tall stance. 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, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers (860-424-3333). Additionally, residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP Web site 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.