Drivers Warned After Moose Spotted Near I-84 in New Britain

By Bob Connors
|  Wednesday, May 28, 2014  |  Updated 3:21 PM EDT
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Drivers Warned After Moose Spotted Near I-84 in New Britain

Jake Harton

A moose, like this one in Cheshire, was spotted in New Britain on Wednesday.

A moose sighting in New Britain has prompted a warning from state wildlife officials.

The moose was spotted near the intersection of I-84 and Route 72 on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Drivers should be extra cautious while driving in that area, officials said.

Moose pose a greater risk to driver because of their size. The animals have a tall stance and are more likely to collapse through a windshield after they have been hit, according to the DEEP. They are also more difficult to see at night because of their dark color.

Last September, state wildlife officers said they had no choice but to shoot and kill a moose after the animal wandered onto Route 72 in New Britain.

There are an estimated 100 to 150 moose living in Connecticut, according to the DEEP. They are usually found in the northeastern and northwestern parts of the state but have shown up in other areas as well.

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