Kristine Rines: (603) 744-5470
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
May 1, 2019
CONCORD, NH — Remember to brake for moose when traveling on New Hampshire’s roadways. There were 105 collisions between moose and vehicles in New Hampshire in 2018; in the last five years the state has averaged 133 collisions per year. While moose are active throughout the year, May through October are high-risk months for collisions because moose venture onto roadways to eat the remaining salt residue from winter surface treatments.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works diligently to increase awareness of the danger of moose and vehicle collisions.
“Moose are an important and much loved part of our state, but it can be dangerous to encounter them on the road,” said New Hampshire Fish and Game Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines. “By following a few simple rules, motorists can greatly reduce their chance of a moose-vehicle collision or the severity of personal injury if they do hit a moose.”
When driving on New Hampshire roads, keep these points in mind:
- Moose and vehicle collisions happen statewide on all types of roads.
- Moose collisions happen most often from May through October.
- While collisions can happen at any time of day, they occur most frequently at dusk and at night.
- Moose are dark brown, making them hard to see against pavement, especially at night.
- Don’t depend on “eye shine” (reflected light from headlights) to alert you to a moose’s presence; moose don’t always look at an approaching vehicle.
To reduce the chance of a collision – or the severity of occupant injury if you do hit a moose:
- Do not drive at high speeds
- Wear your seatbelt
- Scan the sides of the road Be able to stop within the zone of your headlights
- Use high beams whenever possible
- If you see a moose, slow down or stop if necessary, until you have passed it or it has left the road
New Hampshire residents and visitors love to see moose and enjoy sharing the state with these largest denizens of the northern forest. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/wildlife/brake-for-moose.html. Make sure your moose encounters are safe for you and the moose: Brake for Moose — It Could Save Your Life!