How to Keep My Vehicle Safe from a Collision with a Moose
Vermont is home to many wildlife species, including moose. This majestic creature is fun to watch from a safe distance, but can be extremely dangerous when we get too close – especially when we are blissfully driving our vehicle. Here are some pieces of advice on how to keep yourself and your vehicle safe from encounters with a moose.
How is a Car Collision with a Moose Different from a Car Collision with a Deer?
Colliding with either a deer or moose can be dangerous. Deer are smaller and more likely to damage your vehicle’s front grille – and may get shredded up underneath your vehicle when a collision occurs. A moose, on the other hand, has long, spindly legs and is very top-heavy. The weight of a bull moose can be 1,500 pounds or more, and his antlers can be more than 60 pounds! With that being said, a moose is more likely to go through your windshield in a collision, which can be fatal for you and your shotgun rider.
What Do I Do When I See a Moose Crossing Sign?
We are all familiar with the Deer Crossing signs, which warn us to slow down and to be on the lookout for deer that may decide to jump out in front of us. Here in Vermont, Moose Crossing signs are also a common sight. Like you would when you see a Deer Crossing sign, slow down for a while and be on the lookout for moose that may decide to cross the road – especially at night.
Why Do Moose Need Salt?
As herbivores, moose have a plant-based diet but they love a salty treat from time to time. That is why moose take advantage of salt blocks provided by humans. However, they may see your vehicle as a quick and easy source of sodium during the winter season if it is covered in road salt. This can lead to a close encounter of the moose kind, and you should stay in your vehicle until the moose is finished treating your vehicle like it’s his own personal Popsicle. And whatever you do, don’t give him a muffin! If you are outside of your vehicle, back away as slowly and quietly as possible, and stay away until the moose wanders off.
If you have any questions about wildlife safety or need to report a moose collision, please contact your local DNR office.