A moose sighting near the intersection of Route 72 and Interstate 84 in New Britain this afternoon has prompted state environmental officials to issue an advisory.
Motorists in the New Britain area are advised to use extra caution and be observant.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says 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," the DEEP says.
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, the DEEP says, residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website: http://www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife.
According to the DEEP, Connecticut has a resident moose population estimated at 100 to 150. 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.
Just last month the DEEP issued a similar advisory after a moose was spotted near I-84 in Southington.