Fisheries and Land Resources
Transportation and Works

May 16, 2019

Public Advisory: Motorists Reminded of Increased Moose and Caribou Presence during Spring Calving Season

The departments of Fisheries and Land Resources, and Transportation and Works remind drivers to watch out for moose and caribou on the highways, particularly in the St. Anthony and Howley areas where increased caribou activity can be anticipated as they migrate from wintering areas.

Motorists are advised to:

  • Scan both sides of the highway when travelling;
  • Pay attention to moose and caribou warning signs;
  • Avoid driving at dusk and dawn when moose and caribou are more common alongside highways;
  • Have passengers also watch for moose and caribou; and
  • Reduce speeds when driving at night when moose and caribou are more difficult to see.

Additionally, adult female moose are preparing for spring calving, and yearling calves from the previous year are being abandoned. These young animals may pose an increased risk to motorists, since they tend to be very active and may move long distances.

Motorists should be vigilant of moose and caribou at all times, particularly before and during the calving season and throughout the summer. Due caution should be exercised during these periods.

The Provincial Government is also partnering with the Save Our People Action Committee (SOPAC) again this year to increase moose-vehicle collision awareness. Motorists are encouraged to report all moose sightings and accidents by calling 1-855-896-6673 (1-855-89-MOOSE).

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Media contact
Linda Skinner
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 709-632-8167
lindaskinner@gov.nl.ca

Brian Scott
Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 725-9201
brianscott@gov.nl.ca

2019 05 16                              10:05 a.m.