Frightful Video of a Car Hitting a Moose is a Reminder to Watch for Wildlife in New England
Warning: The following video may be graphic for some people
First of all, the moose was fine. I only watched the video of this majestic moose colliding with this white Jeep Cherokee AFTER I knew he or she was just fine, because let's be honest, it's a brutal video and made me cry.
"Watch for Wildlife" signs are common here in Maine and New Hampshire, just like they are in all states filled with wildlife.
Here's the video that I went searching for on YouTube, after an article I wrote about the best roads in New Hampshire to view moose got me thinking more about the safety aspect.
This collision happened almost six years ago, and it's a disturbing, sobering reminder for you and I to stay alert as we hit the roadways.
Because May through October is moose season all over the country according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game, we know to be vigilant with our speed and travel on our highways and roadways, especially during dusk when wildlife (like moose) tend to appear near roadways.
Seeing this video is a reminder for me, and now hopefully you, to slow down when you see wildlife crossing signs or several cars pulled over. I'm so glad the people in the jeep are fine, too. I've been in a situation like this, when a huge deer totaled my X5 and almost caused a pile-up after he jumped over a guard rail on I-70 in Colorado between Vail and Breckenridge, landing right on us. It's a horrifying experience that leaves you shaken and had me in tears. That deer didn't make it.
According to this video, the Parks and Recreation Department in the area along Highway 9 in Colorado tracked the moose for quite a while, and said the animal walked away just fine.
While Colorado Parks and Wildlife has Wildlife Crossing Projects, including one for that 138-mile highway through central Colorado where this moose was hit, both Maine and New Hampshire have wildlife corridor projects as well.
Oregon even has 'Watch for Wildlife' license plates. I'd love to see New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado create those, too. I'd get one for sure.