Motorists on Interstate 84 near Cheshire are being advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose in recent days.
The moose was last seen this past weekend near Nathan Hale Court, a dead-end road near Exit 26 (Route 70) of Interstate 84 in Cheshire, according to state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials.
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.
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, including Fairfield County.
Report moose sightings, collisions
All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local or state authorities, or to DEEP EnCon 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.
— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald