Moose are on the move, so drive with caution

IT’S BREEDING SEASON for moose, so take extra care driving, particularly in the early morning and evenings, when moose are most active and likely to be crossing roads. Photo courtesy VT Fish & Wildlife

MONTPELIER — Moose are on the move, so drivers need to be alert and cautious, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning because this is their breeding season.

“Motorists hit 49 moose on Vermont highways during 2021 and 23 so far this year,” said State Game Warden Major Justin Stedman. “We are asking drivers to be especially careful and for people to enjoy watching moose from a distance. Moose can be unpredictable and dangerous if you get too close and they feel cornered or get irritated.”

Moose are a threat to motorists, but there are measures you can take to avoid hitting them:

• 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 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 can move can be a serious mistake.

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