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DEC warns drivers moose are on the move

A young bull moose wades in a marshy patch of the Saranac River outside Saranac Lake in July 2019. A crowd gathered along state Route 3 to watch him. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

RAY BROOK — The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising the public to be alert for moose on the roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas.

It’s “peak moose activity” time, as early fall is moose breeding season in the North Country.

“While this improves the opportunities for people to enjoy sightings of moose, it also increases the danger of colliding with one on the roadway,” the DEC said in a statement.

Moose are most active at dusk and dawn, and are difficult to see at night because of their dark coloring and their height. Slow down, watch for pairs of moose, wear seat belts, don’t swerve, and alert other motorists if you see one by flashing your headlights. If you hit and kill a moose, don’t remove it unless you get a permit from an investigating crash-site officer.

For more information, contact the DEC at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6964.html.

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