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|DEC Advises Public to Be Alert for Moose in the Adirondacks
October 14, 2020 03:30 p.m.
DEC Advises Public to Be Alert for Moose in the Adirondacks
Motorists should be alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and
surrounding areas at this time of year during peak moose activity, advises the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Early fall is the breeding season for moose in northern New York. During this
time moose are wandering looking for mates, leading them to areas where they
are not typically seen. While this improves the opportunities for people to enjoy
sighting of a moose, it also increases the danger of colliding with one on the
Moose are much larger and taller than deer. Their large body causes greater
damage, and, when struck, their height often causes them to impact the
windshield of a car or pickup truck, not just the front of the vehicle. New York has
no recorded human fatalities resulting from a crash with a moose.
Moose are most active at dawn and dusk, which are times of poor visibility.
Moose are especially difficult to see at night because of their dark brown to black
coloring and their height - which puts their head and much of their body above
DEC advises motorists to take the following precautions to prevent moose
Hunters, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to enjoy wildlife
from a distance. Do not approach wildlife, particularly species like bear or moose
that could be aggressive toward humans or protective of their young.
More information about moose can be found on DEC's website.