Motorists are being advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose near Interstate 91 in North Haven on Wednesday afternoon.
The moose was last seen this morning on Old Clintonville Road trying to cross Route 22, according to an alert issued at about 1:30 p.m. by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
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, DEEP officials said. They are also difficult to see when driving at night because of their dark color.
Report deer sightings to state
All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local or state authorities, or DEEP environmental conservation police officers at 860-424-3333. Residents throughout the state also are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife.
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 in Fairfield County towns near Shelton.