February 7, 2023

Running Into A Moose With Your Vehicle Can Be Deadly

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The Boston Globe is reporting that a recent study shows that in Maine, moose account for only 15 percent of all vehicle/animal collisions but rack up over 50 percent of the reported injuries.

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta provides a snapshot of when and where the collisions occurred, who was in the accidents and who was most likely to get hurt.

In the five years that were examined, there were 22,516 motor vehicle collisions with animals in Maine, the report said. Of those, 18,289 (81 percent) were with deer, 3,400 (15 percent) were with moose and 827 (4 percent) were with other animals.

Although moose accounted for only 15 percent of the collisions, they accounted for 803, or 50 percent, of the 1,600 injuries and 14 of the 17 fatal injuries.

Although your odds at hitting a moose while driving in Maine are low, the results may not be to your liking.

Car and moose collision

Tom Remington