The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) shared Thursday that a 700-pound moose ran into traffic on Wednesday morning and hit a car. No one was injured, but the moose was tranquilized and relocated to a more suitable habitat.
Officials warned residents that moose sightings might increase in the coming months, as it is currently their mating season.
According to a MassWildlife Instagram post, Wednesday’s accident occurred in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Witness Casey Thomas told NBC Boston that she first spotted the moose from her car’s rear-view mirror.
“I look in my rearview, and there’s a moose that just literally ran right behind my car,” she said. “I called 911 … and I was like, ‘Hey, there’s a moose, it looks freaking huge!'”
Dan Antonucci, another witness at the scene, told the news station that the moose ran into traffic and dented someone’s car.
“He hit a car, spun around, got up and took right back off, started jumping fences. It was pretty wild,” Antonucci said. “He cracked the windows of the car and dented the door and made the car — the car almost went off the road.”
MassWildlife warns residents via its website that moose-vehicle collisions can occur during mating season.
“Be particularly alert, especially at night during the fall breeding season (September–October) and during yearling dispersals, when yearling moose are driven away by their mother (May–June),” officials advise.
“Moose will step out onto a roadway without showing the slightest concern for oncoming traffic,” they continue.
If an individual should encounter a moose on the road, MassWildlife says drivers shouldn’t swerve out of the way. Instead, they should hit the brake.
Thankfully, no one was injured during Wednesday’s accident, and according to NBC Boston, the moose only sustained a few minor cuts.
For the safety of both the general public and the moose, wildlife officials relocated the animal to a more suitable habitat.
“After receiving reports that the moose was involved in a minor car accident, the MA Environmental Police successfully immobilized him,” said MassWildlife on Instagram. “Our biologists relocated the moose to a nearby forested area and monitored him until the effects of the immobilizing drugs wore off.”
Photos shared by MassWildlife show the moose happily enjoying its new home.
“Poor guy must have been pretty scared,” said one Instagram commenter. “Thanks for taking good care of him, and all MA wildlife.”
“Great job rescuing such a majestic animal,” added another.