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Collisions with Moose Expected to Increase in Maine
05/08/2013 02:20 PM ET  

State wildlife officials say vehicle-moose collisions typically increase during the months of May and June, as moose seek salt along roadsides.

Vehicle-moose collisions are expected to increase in Maine over the next month. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Doug Rafferty says this is the time of year when yearling moose are venturing out on their own for the first time, and seeking minerals that were not present in their winter browse.

"And the moose will find salt licks on sides of roads because of what we've had for winter and so forth," Rafferty says. "And naturally we put salt on roads."

That means more moose on, and in, roadways. Historically, May and June are the months with the highest numbers of moose collisions. Ninety percent of those accidents occur between dusk and dawn, when it's harder to see the animals.

This story was reported and written by Jennifer Mitchell.


 

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