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DEC Advises Public to Be Alert for Moose in the Adirondacks

October 14, 2020   03:30 p.m.
    Press Release from NYS DEC:

    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
    vehicle headlights.

    DEC advises motorists to take the following precautions to prevent moose
    vehicle collisions:

  • Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, especially during
    September and October;
  • Reduce your speed, stay alert, and watch the roadsides;
  • Slow down when approaching moose standing near the roadside, as they
    may bolt at the last minute when a car comes closer, often running into the
  • Moose may travel in pairs or small groups, so if a moose is spotted crossing
    the road, be alert for others that may follow;
  • Make sure all vehicle occupants wear seatbelts and children are properly
    restrained in child safety seats;
  • Use flashers or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when moose are
    spotted near the road;
  • Motorcyclists should be especially alert for moose;
  • If a moose does run in front of your vehicle, brake firmly but do not swerve.
  • Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision or cause the vehicle to hit a
    fixed object such as a tree or pole; and
  • If a moose is hit and killed by a vehicle, the motorist should not remove the
    animal unless a permit is obtained from the investigating officer at the scene
    of the crash.

    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.