Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
June 16, 2005
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!
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