Watch out for moose in Cheshire

A moose and its baby wade through a pond in East Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — Anyone driving along I-84 in the Cheshire/Waterbury area, or in Cheshire, is advised to keep an eye out for a moose.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says a moose has been spotted in the vicinity of Hall Street in Cheshire.

LINK: Report a moose to DEEP

“DEEP Environmental Conservation Police are out tracking the moose because of the threat it can pose to highway safety,” DEEP said in a statement. “They will attempt to tranquilize and relocate the animal if possible.”

Accidents involving cars and moose have been known to cause serious injuries and death to drivers because of the size and weight of the animal.

From DEEP:

There’s no question about it. Moose are now living in Connecticut and are here to stay. However, it is not clear whether moose were ever native to the state. If moose did exist here during early colonial times, they occurred in small numbers and at the southerly fringe of their range. In 1935, George Gilbert Goodwin wrote in The Mammals of Connecticut: “The moose, if ever a native to Connecticut, has long since disappeared from within the limits of this state.”

During the 1980s and 1990s, moose populations in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire increased dramatically because of favorable habitat conditions and limited hunting. This resulted in a southerly expansion of New England moose populations and an increased frequency of moose wandering into Connecticut.

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