Moose on the Loose Campaign Starts

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Adult moose are about 6 ft tall, and weigh up to 1,300 pounds. Hitting one with a vehicle is dangerous and in some cases deadly. Saskatchewan had many crashes last year, and 4 people died as a result of these crashes. Saskatchewan Government Insurance and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation have started the "Moose on the Loose" campaign, reminding motorists to slow down, and keep an eye out for these large animals.

There are ads on TV, the radio, and signs posted, warning drivers if they have a collision with a moose their vehicle will be destroyed. Last year collisions with wildlife costs over $40 million in vehicle damage, the majority of crashes are with deer, then elk and moose. Moose have been on the roadside more often in recent years, looking for food and other moose. From CBC News.

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hunter25's picture

Vehicle and animal collisions

Vehicle and animal collisions are bad everywhere and I can see where this is a good program. Deer are bad enough and cause plenty of damage on theie own but animals the size of elk and then moose are even worse. Here in Colorado where I live several people have been killed over the years but even though all the signs are up warning them people just refuse to slow down. We have flashing signs with the crossing warnings and others that give the number of collisions in an average year but it still makes no difference as they just don't believe it will be them. New over the last year they have just put up nearly ten miles of high fence through the worst parts to stop the animals from getting on the road because the drivers won't listen. This has made a huge difference but it's a shame it has to be that way.

Maybe radio and tv adds as well showing the damage would help but I really doubt it as everyone is always in so much of a hurry.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

I have grown up with these

I have grown up with these warning signs, being from Vermont, and having tons of families in Maine.  I think it's New hampshire that actually has a running total on it's signs of the number of people killed in moose collisions.

Very scary stuff.  Since the moose is so black, it blend in with the roads on those dark, especially rainy nights.  I have had one in front of me coming around a turn one time, and luckily it was already headed intot he woods.

Go up any rural road in Maine, especially in the far north/east part, and you can tell where the moose cross the road the most.  There will be dozens of black skid marks from all the logging trucks that have loced the brakes due to them being in the road.

Very dangerous situation for sure.  Surprised the campaign is just now getting started.