There have been more deer and moose sightings in western Massachusetts

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Driving into a moose or a deer could wreck your car, and even kill you.   

Franklin County residents are used to seeing these animals.

“We have a lot of wildlife. I mean there are coyotes, all kinds of things, right in our neighborhoods,” said Paul Calcari of Greenfield.

Fall is breeding season for deer and moose, which makes it more likely they could run in front of your car. If you come across a deer or moose on the road, your best option is to brake. MassWildlife said there is a good chance you will hit the animal if you try driving around it.  

“As a driver, put on the brakes. Don’t try to steer around them Moose have no predators and they don’t view cars as a threat,” said Marion Larson, Chief of Information & Education for MassWildlife.

Larson told 22News a moose’s dark fur and height make them harder to see at night. All Deer and Moose vehicle collisions need to be reported to the Environmental Police. 

Larson said deaths from deer and moose vehicle collisions are extremely rare. Only 5 drivers have been killed in Massachusetts from hitting a deer or moose since 2000. 

 

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