Moose on the loose in Weston

Fairfield-moose

A moose — not this one — was spotted in town last week, one of just a handful ever reported seen in Weston

Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper reported that a moose was spotted Thursday, Aug. 9, on Newtown Turnpike near Lord’s Highway.

Residents are urged to use caution on the roads as a moose can cause serious motor vehicle accidents.

Moose sightings in Weston are rare. In 2007, a moose spotted in town made its way through lower Fairfield County until it met a sad end when it was hit by a car on the Merritt Parkway, seriously injuring the driver.

Mr. Harper also reported seeing one of the animals near the Saugatuck Reservoir in 2005.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) estimates there are just over 100 moose in Connecticut. The first reported sighting in the state was in 2000 in Hartland.

They look similar to a horse, standing more than six feet tall and weighing up to 1,400 pounds. The color of a moose’s coat can vary, ranging from tan to dark brown.

Adult males, or bulls, have the distinctive antlers, which they shed annually. The antlers, which can reach up to five feet across and weigh nearly 60 pounds, are fully developed at this time of year.

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