2 moose struck and killed on CT roads in 1 day; third incident this year

Third moose struck, killed by vehicle in CT this year
Published: May. 18, 2023 at 11:05 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2023 at 12:16 PM EDT
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HARTLAND, CT (WFSB) - For the second time in less than a day, a moose was struck and killed on a Connecticut roadway.

According to state police, the second moose was struck on South Road in Hartland around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“The moose was an approximately 550-pound male and was estimated to be 1-2 years old,” the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said.

Troopers said they, along with members of the East Hartland Fire Department and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, responded to the scene.

“It was determined that a moose had been struck by a vehicle,” troopers said. “Initial reports indicate that a vehicle was not found in the area at the time of the response. CT DEEP assumed custody of the moose which was reported to be deceased.”

The driver was identified by the East Hartland animal control officer. No human injuries were reported. There was also no disabling damage to the vehicle.

Since the vehicle was driven from the scene, there was no damage, and no one was hurt, troopers said there would be no investigation.

“Incidents involving non-disabling damage to vehicles involved a wildlife-strike with no reported injuries are categorized as ‘traffic services’ or ‘administrative’ incidents rather than motor vehicle accident investigations,” troopers explained.

The first moose killed on Wednesday was on Route 15 near exit 63 in North Haven.

The moose was hit around 7 a.m.

Again, no human injuries were reported.

DEEP said there have been three moose fatalities from a crash in Connecticut this year.

The first one also happened in Hartland. A 420-pound female was killed in a crash on May 10, DEEP said. No human injuries were reported in that incident.

DEEP said it believes there are about 100 moose in Connecticut, and that the population has stayed the same for a few years.

It put out a warning to drivers earlier this month.

The incident happened on route 15 in North Haven Wednesday morning.