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Be aware of increased moose, caribou this weekend

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.
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. - Contributed

A moose-vehicle collision is always a concern for motorists across Newfoundland and Labrador.
This is now spring calving season for moose and caribou and motorists are being advised to use caution on highways, especially as you travel this holiday weekend.
Fisheries and Land Resources and Transportation and Works departments for the province are reminding drivers to be cautious at all times, especially in the St. Anthony and Howley areas where it is anticipated there will be increased caribou activity as they migrate from wintering areas.
In addition, female moose are preparing for spring calving and the yearling calves from last year are being abandoned by its mothers. These young animals may pose an increased risk to motorists, since they tend to be very active and may move long distances.
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.
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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