September 28, 2022

Be alert to avoid moose on the highway

VTF&W Photo: VT Fish &Wildlife warns drivers that moose are more likely to cross roads this time of year, especially after dark or early morning.

Vermont Business Magazine Drivers should be alert and careful as moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to cross roads at this time of year, especially after dark or early morning, as it is moose breeding season.

“Motorists have struck 49 moose on Vermont highways in 2021 and 23 so far this year,” said state game warden Maj. Justin Stedman. “We are asking drivers to be extra careful and people to enjoy viewing moose from a distance. Moose can be unpredictable and dangerous if you get too close and they feel cornered or irritated.

Moose are a threat to motorists, but there are steps you can take to avoid hitting them, according to Fish and Wildlife:

Always be aware of the danger – moose cross the road at random, as well as at their regular crossings.

Increase your vigilance on the side of the road and reduce your speed when you see MOOSE CROSSING signs along the highway. On secondary roads, the recommended speed is 40 mph or less in these moose crossing areas.

Drive carefully and do not overload your headlights. Moose are most active at night and early in the morning, and they are difficult to see due to their dark color.

If you see a moose ahead of you, slow down or stop. Trying to pass them before they can move can be a big mistake.

Most moose-travelled stretches of highway in Vermont:
-Rt.105 from Island Pond to Bloomfield.
-Rt.114 from East Burke to Canaan.
-Rt.2 from Lunenburg to East St. Johnsbury.
-Interstate 91 to Sheffield Heights.
-Interstate 89 from Bolton to Montpelier.
-Rt. 12 from Worcester to Elmore.
-Rt 118 near Belvidere Corners and Rt. 109 junction.

Nineteen people have died in motor vehicle collisions with moose on Vermont roads since 1985.

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife