DEEP: DEEP Advises Motorists to Use Caution in the Southington Area due to Moose Sighting

April 15, 2014
 
DEEP Advises Motorists to Use Caution in the Southington Area due to Moose Sighting
 
Motorists in the Southington area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose this morning on West Street near Interstate 84.  The moose was last seen entering a swamp area 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 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 or state authorities, 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 http://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.