Monday, June 20, 2005

Moose "On the Loose" -- Drivers Beware!

Here is an article put out by the New Hampshire Fish and Game folks. It's surely worth paying attention to on the northern highways of New England.

Moose "On the Loose" -- Drivers Beware!

CONCORD, N.H. -- It's nearly summer and, as is always the case at this time of year, increased reports of moose sightings and moose collisions in New Hampshire have prompted wildlife officials from Fish and Game to warn motorists to take extra care while traveling Granite State roadways.

Yearling moose -- those that were born last spring and summer -- are on their own for the first time, having been pushed away by their mothers (many of whom are now calving again), and the youngsters are apt to show up just about anywhere and at any time.

Wildlife biologists urge motorists to slow down, stay alert and use extra caution throughout spring, summer and fall. Wandering moose of all ages can be seen anywhere in the state, including on the roads, and certainly not only at "moose crossing" signs!

To avoid a moose collision:

  • Drive below the speed limit -- especially at dusk and dawn and especially in moose-heavy areas;
  • Use high beams when possible;
  • Be able to stop within the zone of your headlights;
  • Scan the sides of the roads as you drive.

More than 200 moose are struck by vehicles each year in New Hampshire, according to biologists and law enforcement authorities. New Hampshire has an estimated population of 5,000 to 6,000 moose.

To spread the word about sharing the roads with moose, Fish and Game created "Brake for Moose," an award-winning campaign that includes the popular yellow bumper sticker and highway signs. As the signs say:

Brake for Moose, It Could Save Your Life!


At June 21, 2005, Blogger OldRoses said...

No moose here in NJ, but we do have a lot of deer. One thing that is stressed here is that if you see one deer crossing the road, STOP. They travel in herds and there are usually more waiting to cross. Are moose solitary or do they move around in herds also?

Deer do a lot of damage to cars when they collide. I can't imagine what kind of damage a moose would do!

At June 21, 2005, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Moose are generally solitary, unless it's a mom with her baby(s).
Moose DESTROY automobiles. They are so huge that they fall into the windshield and land on top of the poor souls in the front seats. They are so big that even TRUCKS are dispatched with aplomb. It's worth avoiding them, AT ALL COSTS...the cost may well be your life!


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