Motorists cautioned to watch for deer, moose this fall

Motorists cautioned to watch for deer, moose this fall


The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding motorists to be aware of increased deer and moose activity during morning and evening hours along roads this fall.

Fall is breeding season for the state’s moose and deer population. Motorists that encounter deer or moose are cautioned to slow down and drive defensively.

“During 2016, approximately 3,700 deer were killed in the state due to collisions with vehicles,” said Rick Jacobson, director of DEEP’s Wildlife Division.

More than 40 moose-related accidents were reported in the state between 1995 and 2016. Two accidents were reported last month.

Moose primarily reside in the northern part of the state. In 2014, a moose was spotted in Cheshire.

“Moose venturing into southern Connecticut, with high population density, road networks, and traffic volumes, pose an increased potential for human fatalities from accidents as compared to deer-vehicle accidents,” DEEP said. 203-317-2444 Twitter: @BryanLipiner

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