N.B. urges motorists to keep eyes peeled for moose on the loose

New Brunswick's Department of Energy and Resouce Development is urging motorists to keep a watchful eye out for wandering moose over the next several weeks.

Department biologist Wayne Sabine says this is the time of year that young moose leave their mothers and begin venturing out on their own for the first time.

It's also when the animals venture to the side of the highway to feed on vegetation or are driven out by insects.

Drivers are urged to avoid distractions, keep their windshields clean, and ensure their headlights are in good working order.

Motorists should also respect the speed limit and slow down at night while passengers can help by keeping their eyes peeled for moose, even on sections of highway where there is wildlife fencing.

There are approximately 400 collisions with moose in New Brunswick each year.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)