Moose on the move, Vermont drivers beware
MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning. The peak of their breeding season is late September and the first two weeks of October.
“Seeing a moose is one of the most treasured wildlife memories for many Vermonters, an experience they will take with them the rest of their lives,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “We want you to enjoy seeing them from a distance. But keep in mind that moose are very active this time of year, and they will be crossing highways more often.”
Moose are a threat to motorists, but there are measures you can take to avoid hitting them, according to Fish & Wildlife:
• Always be aware of the danger — moose cross the road randomly, as well as at their regular crossings.
• Increase your roadside awareness and reduce your speed when you see MOOSE CROSSING signs along the highway. When on secondary roads, the recommended speed is 40 mph or less in these moose crossing areas.
• Drive defensively and don’t overdrive your headlights. Moose are more active at night and early morning, and they are difficult to see because of their dark color.
• If you see a moose ahead, slow down or stop. Trying to speed past them before they move can be a serious mistake.
Last year, 65 moose were involved in collisions with motor vehicles or trains in Vermont (44 so far this year). Eighteen people have died in motor vehicle collisions with moose on Vermont highways since 1985.