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Moose alert: Caution urged on Adirondack roads during rut

October 3, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Moose are on the move in the Adirondacks and state officials are advising drivers to watch out for them on roadways.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says early fall is breeding season for moose in northern New York and the animals are wandering into areas where they’re not typically seen, searching for mates.

The agency says three moose died in collisions with vehicles over the past weekend. The state hasn’t had any human fatalities from moose accidents.

Moose are most active at dawn and dusk, when visibility is poor. Their tall height puts much of their body above vehicle headlights, making them harder to see.

In 2016, DEC biologists estimated there are about 400 moose in the Adirondacks. They’re also seen periodically in Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.

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