Motorists in the New Britain area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose this afternoon near the intersection of Route 72 and Interstate 84, the Department of Energy and Environment Protection announced in a press release today.
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, said the 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 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, said the DEEP. 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.