If you are planning on driving up the Northway to take a fall drive to leaf peep or go on an adventure in the Adirondacks, make sure you are on the lookout for moose on the roadways. According to News 10 ABC,  the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says that this is the time of year that those traveling in the Adirondack mountains should be on the lookout for moose on the roadways.

The DEC also reminds us that this is the normal breeding season for moose in Upstate and Northern New York. Moose tend to wander and are on the hunt to find mates. This leads them to end up on roads throughout the Adirondacks. You will tend to see the moose more at dawn and dusk. They are hard to see because of their dark fur blends with the daylight.

If you do encounter a moose, here are some helpful tips on how to avoid a collision.

  • Be aware when driving at dawn or dusk this time of year.
  • Stay alert and reduce your speed
  • If you see a moose on the side of the road, slow down because they may run into the road as the car gets close
  • Be alert of moose traveling in packs. If you see one there may be more following.
  • Use your flashers to warn other drivers if you see a moose.
  • If a moose runs in front of your vehicle, break, do not swerve.
  • If you do hit a moose, do not try and remove the animal. Call for help.

It is also important that motorists and hikers respect Adirondack wildlife. Please enjoy from a distance and never approach wild animals like moose who may be protecting their young.

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