On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued an advisory to motorists in the Thomaston area after a moose was sighted near Route 8. Drivers are warned to be cautious because the animal is extremely difficult to see along the road due to its dark color and tall stance. If a moose is struck by a car, it is “more likely to collapse through the vehicle windshield.”
It is not clear if moose are native to Connecticut. The first time a sighting of a female (cow) with her baby (calf) was reported was in 2000 in Hartford. “Between 2000 and 2007, at least 40 calves were born in the state (this number only includes reported sightings by the public).” Also, cows with calves have been reported in the following towns: Hartland, New Hartford, Granby, Colebrook, Goshen, Barkhamsted, Union, Winchester, Eastford, and Enfield.
“Over the past 17 years, moose sightings increased from an average of 4 per year in the mid-1990s to 69 in 2007…By 2007, the Wildlife Division was receiving about 60 sighting reports a year and had documented 19 moose-vehicle collisions. The current population is estimated at just over 100 animals.”
The DEEP further requests that all motor vehicle collisions involving moose and deer should be reported to the local, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers (860-424-3333). Additionally, residents throughout the state are encouraged to report all moose sightings on the DEEP Web site using the following link: Moose sighting report form.
For more information about moose in Connecticut, please visit the DEEP’s moose fact sheet.
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