Moose mating season puts Mass. motorists on high alert

The result of a moose versus motor vehicle collision. Photo via Mass Wildlife
The result of a moose versus motor vehicle collision. Photo via The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Wildlife experts are cautioning Massachusetts motorists to be wary of moose activity in the roadways as September marks the start of the animals’ breeding season. 

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says male moose will often chase female moose across roads because of their urge to reproduce.

The experts say the males get ‘‘tunnel vision’’ and become unaware of traffic while pursuing females.

Wildlife officials say moose don’t have natural predators in Massachusetts and are legally protected from hunters, so they don’t perceive threats while moving through populated areas.

But at 500 to 1,000 pounds, with long legs and top-heavy bodies, experts warn that moose can cause significant damage in collisions.

They say drivers should try to brake upon seeing moose, which are less likely than deer to move from the road.

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