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