Caution: Moose Crossing 

Moose and motorists can be a deadly combination.While 2008 saw no fatal moose accidents in the state, there are still hundreds of crashes every year. And springtime can be a dangerous time.”As the snow goes away,” says Maine Game Warden Alan Gillis, “they’re hanging around the roadside and they get in the salt in the road that the DOT has put down during the winter.”He says we’re getting near the peak time of year for car-moose collisions. “They’re just such a dark animal. It makes it difficult at night.”Many accidents happen just before dark, or in the early morning. So, he says, use your high beams whenever you can, and keep scanning the sides of the road for emerging moose.”If you do see one or you have one cross the road in front of you,” he says, “be aware there might be another one right behind it.”Slowing down a bit also doesn’t hurt.”If there’s going to be a collision – it just can’t be avoided – brake hard before you strike the animal. And at the last second, you’d want to let off on the brake,” he says.Doing that will raise up the front of your vehicle, and can help keep the moose’s heavy body from coming through your windshield. He says, if you can, duck down.Gillis says the danger is so great you need to stay on the alert, no matter where you live in Maine.”It’s not all uncommon to have a moose right in Bangor around the Interstate every spring,” he says. “We’ll get calls on that every year, so it’s certainly possibly to have an encounter around here.”Also keep in mind – moose are so tall, your headlights might only shine on their legs, making them harder to see. And, their eyes don’t shine like deer at night, so you can’t spot them that way.