WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. (AP) – The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding drivers to be aware of increased deer and moose activity, especially during early morning and evening hours.
Moose found in central and western Massachusetts breed in September and October. White-tailed deer breed from late October to early December.
Wildlife officials are asking drivers to slow down when they see road signs for moose and deer crossings.
Officials warn drivers not to swerve to avoid hitting a deer because it may lead to more risk and damage than hitting the deer.
Moose are less likely to move from the road than deer, so drivers are advised to brake when they see a moose in or near the road. Their long legs and top-heavy bodies make moose very dangerous to motorists when struck.