It’s moose season, and that means drivers should be on the look out.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, as they move from their winter to spring habitats.
Fish and Wildlife says while moose are a threat to motorists, there are several measures drivers can take to avoid hitting them:
- Always be aware of the danger â€‘â€‘ moose cross the road randomly, as well as at their regular crossings.
- Increase your roadside awareness and reduce your speed when you see MOOSE CROSSING signs along the highway. When on secondary roads, the recommended speed is 40 mph or less in these moose crossing areas.
- Drive defensively and don’t overdrive your headlights. Moose are more active at night and early morning, and they are difficult to see because of their dark color.
- If you see a moose ahead, slow down or stop. Trying to speed past them "before they can move" can be a serious mistake.
Also, the highways most frequented by moose include:
- Rt.105 from Island Pond to Bloomfield
- Rt.114 from East Burke to Canaan
- Rt.2 from Lunenberg to East St. Johnsbury
- Interstate 91 at Sheffield Heights
- Interstate 89 from Bolton to Montpelier
- Rt. 12 from Worcester to Elmore
- Rt 118 near Belvidere Corners and the Rt. 109 intersection