03 July 2007

As You Travel for the 4th...

Remember, especially if you must travel at night, to be on the lookout for moose.

The moose in Maine love to live in the dense woods; yet this time of the year, there are an overabundance of flies, mosquitoes, and otherwise evil little creatures which make life quite miserable for many of the woodland inhabitants. Nighttime is the biting-est time of all.

When the biting bugs become too much to bear, moose often dash out into open roadways for a fresh breeze and welcome relief. They then will often stand perfectly still, seemingly unconcerned or even unaware of the oncoming headlights.

Each year, Maine sees several automobile fatalities involving moose, and they're usually at night.

Please be careful, and have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Copyright © 2007 - Paulla Estes


Rauf said...

Its a very sound advice, though i am far away from the US. i have watched movies about such accidents as you rightly say, in the nights and when it is raining.

Came over from Cindy's place.

Happy 4th of July.

Cindy said...

Hi Paulla- Happy 4th to you! I drove alone from home (Western NY) to Gouldsboro a few years ago to surprise my Grandfather for his 85 birthday. It was well after dark as I traveled up the interstate toward Bangor, every little shadow or slightest movement was a moose, I was sure of it, lol... next time I'll fly.

kristen said...

All you really have to do to avoid a moose is to really be trying to find one. I don't know how many "moose hunts" the we took as a family trying to find a moose for pictures. Fortunately, we were able to find some, but never the easy way, on the side of road patiently waiting to be photographed!

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