Mating season means more moose encounters

Moose most active at dawn and dusk

Moose on Cherryvale, Royal, and Homer Street in Chicopee. Courtesy of Tara Furkey.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Moose are loose, and that is not surprising at this time of year.

On Wednesday night, Massachusetts Environmental Police had to tranquilize a moose in Springfield. It was then relocated to Westfield and released. The moose was believed to be the same one that was spotted earlier in the day at School Street Park in Agawam.

Environmental police tranquilized, relocated wandering moose

Mass Wildlife advises you be cautious of moose during the fall, which is their breeding season. These animals can step out into the roadway, without any concern for oncoming traffic.

“I’ve seen them getting off the ramps here in Greenfield. They wander out of the woods and go wherever they feel like it,” Bob Bosquet of Greenfield said.

Since moose are so heavy, one of them could come through your windshield if you crash into it. Swerving away can be equally dangerous. Mass Wildlife says to drive slow, and hit your brake if you see one.

Moose are most active at dawn and at dusk. If you see one out in a highly-populated area, call Massachusetts Environmental Police at (800) 632-8075.

Click here to find out more about moose in Massachusetts, and what you should do if you encounter one.