When You See A Moose

Wildlife viewers, hunters and other outdoors people may encounter a moose in their travels through Massachusetts forests. Stay a respectful distance away and enjoy this magnificent animal. In most cases, the moose will move off. 

During the breeding season in fall, or the calving season in spring, be especially cautious because bulls can be unpredictable and cows can be very protective of their calves. Keep dogs under control.

Moose vs. Cars


Hitting a moose with a car is dangerous and the results can be tragic. In September and October, when a cow comes into her breeding cycle there is virtually nothing that can keep an amorous suitor away. Problems arise when this game of "catch me if you can" take moose into residential areas or across major highways. 

Similarly, in the spring when yearling moose are trying to find a new territory, moose sightings on roads and highways are more frequent. Because they have no predators, moose can be oblivious to the potential dangers posed by cars, trucks, buses and trains and most people are unaware of the number of moose in our midst.

Law enforcement and other agencies are strongly urged to contact MassWildlife if a moose has been hit or killed by a car in their jurisdiction. MassWildlife biologists need information on age, sex and location of the incident as part of their study and monitoring of the moose population.

Police and other departments involved in moose/car collisions are reminded that while drivers are allowed by law to keep white tailed deer they have hit, only MassWildlife or the Environmental Police can make decisions regarding the disposition of moose involved in vehicle collisions.

Drivers-Brake For Moose; It Could Save Your Life!


Be particularly alert, especially at night during the fall breeding season and in May and June when yearling moose are driven from their mother. Moose will step out onto a roadway without showing the slightest concern for oncoming traffic. With their long legs, a vehicle hitting a moose take the legs out from under the animal, flipping the moose's body onto the car's windshield or roof. The dark body is difficult to see and its eyes are much higher in the air than the level of a pair of white tail deer eyes.

Contact Information

MassWildlife District Offices and Westboro Field Headquarters

Call weekdays between 7:30 AM- 4:30PM. If there is no staff person available, contact the Environmental Police Radio Room.

Environmental Police Radio Room

Call 1- 800-632-8075 or 617-727-6398. This facility is staffed 24 hours/day. Call this number during weekends, holidays and non-business hours if there is a moose situation in your town. Dispatchers will page members of the LAR Team.