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 as they move from
wintering areas to spring feeding locations.
More moose are hit by motorists in the spring than at any other
time of the year. There is another peak of activity in September
and October, the breeding season for moose.
"Motorists hit 98 moose on Vermont highways during 2012," said
Col. David LeCours of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
"We are asking drivers to be especially careful and for people to
enjoy watching moose from a distance. They can be unpredictable and
dangerous if you get too close and they feel cornered or get
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 can move" can be
a serious mistake.
Eighteen people have died in motor vehicle collisions with moose on
Vermont highways since 1985.