Motorists are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving in the greater New Britain area due to the sighting of a moose this afternoon near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Route 72.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued the alert at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28.
Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because once struck, they are more likely to collapse through a vehicle windshield due to their tall stance. They are also difficult to see when driving at night because of their dark color.
From 100-150 moose in the state
Connecticut has a resident moose population estimated at 100 to 150 animals. They are found most often in the northeastern and northwestern wooded corners of Connecticut but have been seen in most other parts of the state.
There have been moose sightings in Monroe and Trumbull in recent years.
All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local or state authorities, or DEEP Environmental Conservation police officers at 860-424-3333.
Additionally, residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife.