DEC to drivers: Beware moose on Adirondack roads

A moose in the wild

(WSYR) — Motorists traveling in the Adirondack Mountains should be alert for moose potentially being on the roadways, as this time of the year is ideal for moose activity.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, early fall is the normal breeding season for moose in Northern New York. This means many moose are wandering, on the hunt for potential mates, and they could end up on roads.

The DEC says they mainly travel at dawn and dusk, and can be tough to see because of their dark fur. 

How to avoid a moose collision

If your vehicle collides with a moose, it could do much more damage to your vehicle than if you were to collide with a deer. The DEC says no drivers in New York have died because of a collision with a moose.

The DEC also reminds people that they are encouraged to enjoy wildlife from a distance, and should never approach animals like a moose, who may be very protective of their young.