© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Vehicle strikes and kills moose on Route 15 in North Haven

Side view of young moose calf standing on grassy field
Getty Images
Getty Images
Connecticut has about 100 moose, according to the DEEP and spring increases the risk of collisions as young moose disperse looking for new areas to occupy.

A moose has died following a collision with a vehicle on Route 15 in North Haven Wednesday morning, environmental officials said.

The animal was hit around 7 a.m. in the northbound lane near Exit 63. The vehicle that hit the animal was not at the scene. The moose, a 400-pound female that was about 2 years old, died on its own from its injuries. Officials said the animal has been removed from the area.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said this moose is likely the one that was recently reported in the Watertown/Waterbury area. Recent reports showed it moving in a direction that could place it at the location in North Haven, DEEP said.

The state DEEP had already issued two warnings this year about the risk of moose/vehicle collisions, one on May 12 and another on April 13.

“DEEP urges motorists to be aware during this seasonal period of activity to slow down and drive defensively should a large animal, such as a moose, be spotted on or by the road,” a DEEP spokesperson said in a statement. “Because moose are darker in color, stand much higher than deer, and are most active at dusk and dawn, observing reflective eye-shine from headlights is infrequent.”

The state has about 100 moose, according to DEEP. The first sighting of a moose with calves in Connecticut was reported in 2000. Spring can increase the risk of collisions in Connecticut because young moose can disperse long distances to find new areas to occupy.

Moose are large animals. They can stand over 6 feet tall at the shoulders and can weigh up to 1,400 pounds.

Moose often impact windshields when struck. The crashes can be dangerous to drivers.

“Data collected from other states indicate that a moose/car collision is 13 times more likely to result in a human fatality than a deer/car collision,” DEEP said.

The agency says people who see moose in close proximity to major roadways – such as Interstates 91, 84 or 95 – should report the sighting to DEEP Emergency Dispatch at 860-424-3333.

General moose sightings in other areas can be reported via DEEP’s online sighting report database.

This story has been updated.

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached at pskahill@ctpublic.org.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content