October 14, 2011
DEEP Reports Moose Sighting in Waterbury
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division today advised motorists that a moose was sighted in the Waterbury area in the vicinity of Route 8 and Interstate 84 at 9:00 am on Oct 14th.
Motorists are advised to slow down and drive defensively should a moose be spotted on or near the roadway. If motorists see this moose or any moose near a major highway, they should report it to the DEEP Environmental Conservation Police (860-424-3333) and to local authorities.
September through October is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut's small but expanding moose population which means an increase in moose movements and a greater potential for moose to cross roads. Moose, with their darker color and much taller stance, are particularly difficult to see at night and, once struck, are more likely to collapse through the vehicle windshield.