Connecticut drivers urged to use caution this October because of the possibility of an increased number of deer and moose on state roadways.
“Deer Crossing” signs were posted throughout the state. Drivers are being asked to be aware of the signs and slowdown in those areas. If a moose or deer is spotted, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said drivers should drive defensively.
DEEP said the peak season of the breeding season for moose and deer is September through October.
Connecticut has small moose population in the northern part of the state. However, DEEP officials said the population was expanding in Connecticut.
The breeding season of the white-tailed deer runs from late October through late December.
Due to the moose’s dark color, DEEP officials said “reflective eye-shine from headlights is infrequent and, when struck, moose often end up impacting the windshield of vehicles.”
In 2015, about 4,500 deer were killed in the state due to collisions with vehicles, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division Rick Jacobson said.
“A total of 40 moose-vehicle accidents have been reported in Connecticut between 1995 and 2016, with an average of two per year since 2002. Moose-vehicle accidents are expected to increase as the moose population expands,” Jacobson said in a statement on Thursday.
Anyone involved in a crash with a moose or deer should call the DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers at 860-424-3333 or the local police department or Connecticut State Police in the area.
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