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Moose struck, killed on Route 3

March 21, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A moose died after being struck by a pickup truck on state Route 3 near the Franklin-Clinton county line.

Ray Brook-based state police said Joseph Akey, 25, of Bloomingdale was driving west on the highway when he encountered a moose in the roadway at about 10:58 p.m. Monday. Trooper Bruce Coffin told the Enterprise that Akey wasn't able to avoid the animal.

The 2005 Toyota Tundra driven by Akey was totaled in the collision, and the moose died.

Coffin said the state Department of Environmental Conservation was notified of the accident but did not respond to the scene. He said Akey took the moose.

DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said a motorist is allowed to take the carcass from the scene.

"They just need to sign off with a law enforcement officer to take the moose themselves or turn it over to someone else," he said.

Winchell said moose are on the move this time of year.

"Certainly, the two common times of year for moose to be very active are the spring and in the fall," he said. "In the spring, they're starting to move around and looking for food. In the winter, they find a place and stick to that same area."

Winchell urged motorists to be on the look out for moose.

"People should drive slower in areas where moose are known to be in high numbers," he said. "Certainly, the Route 3 corridor between Bloomingdale and Saranac is one of those areas."



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