Moose sighted in Southington

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an alert to motorists about a reported moose sighting in Southington.

The moose was spotted on West Street near Interstate 84, and was last seen entering a swamp area that abuts the highway, according to the alert.

“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,” a DEEP official said in a prepared statement. “They are also difficult to see when driving at night because of their dark color.”

The DEEP asks motorists to report all moose and deer vehicle collisions to local or state authorities, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers at 860-424-3333. Moose sightings should be reported on the DEEP Web site at www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife.

The DEEP estimates 100 to 150 moose live in Connecticut, mostly in the northeastern and northwestern wooded corners.

-Republican American

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