DEEP Asking Connecticut Drivers to Watch Out for Wild Animals This Spring
It's like a wild animal slalom course out there on Connecticut roads.
CT's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division urges Connecticut drivers to be on the lookout for moose and deer. Unfortunately, it's also bears this spring, especially during the evening and early morning hours.
We wrote an article in the beginning of the month that tells the story of an accident in Goshen where several drivers were taken to the hospital after a pregnant moose vs. car crash. Unfortunately, the road was closed after the accident, and the moose didn't make it.
According to carinsurance.com, West Virginia gets the award for 'The Best Likelihood of a Collision With an Animal' at a 1 in 37 chance. Connecticut is way down on that list at #42 with a 1 in 221 chance. In this video, you can see the kind of damage a moose can cause during a moose vs. car crash. No animals or humans were used in this demonstration.
If all of a sudden a 350 to 400-pound deer appears from out of nowhere and you hit the creature head-on, you can count on between $2,500 and $6,000 in body damage, according to wsaw.com in Madison, Wisconsin.
A moose vs. car crash is a totally different animal. A moose averages between 800 to 1,300 pounds, and according to consumer.healthday.com, a human fatality is 13 times more likely when a vehicle collides with a moose.
DEEP recommends that if you're traveling on Connecticut's two-lane highways, especially on the backroads at dusk and the early morning hours, slow down and be on alert for a large animal appearing from out of nowhere.