Check for warming centers near you
What’s on your Fall #CTBucketList?
Register for the 83rd Manchester Road Race

Moose Killed In New Britain

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The moose earlier this morning near Grove Street in New Britain. (Viewer photo from Lisa Marie Alexander)

NEW BRITAIN — A moose that was trying to cross a highway at rush hour has been euthanized, said a spokesman for the state’s environmental agency.

Conservation officers shot the moose because it was trying to cross Route 72, said Dwayne Gardner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The animal was about 100 feet from the highway, he said.

A team of DEEP workers who could have tranquilized the moose was called, but they hadn’t arrived in time to ensure the large animal would not go on the highway. Police were concerned that the moose would be hit by a car and injure motorists.

“The moose was going to go into the highway so there was no other choice,” Gardner said in an email. “It’s unfortunate and an action we only take as a last resort but public safety has to come first.”

Moose sightings have been on the rise lately, with the most recent in New Milford Tuesday. The animal, New England’s largest land mammal, has been seen recently in Farmington and East Haddam as well.

By Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • melissa

    This is soo horrible, I hope something horrible happens to the people responsible for this poor moose's death, all they had to do was rehome him b bc the authorities in conn r lazy they chose to kill him, smh karmas a bitch….

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.