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Caution, moose crossing. Drivers urged to pay attention from today. There will be a full moon over Norway from Friday, something which increases the likelihood of hitting a crossing moose with your car in the next few days.Cloud cover immaterial According to aftenposten.no, now is the time when most accidents involving moose occur, although nobody is quite sure what makes them particularly active in this period.

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Caution, moose crossing

Published on Thursday, 3rd September, 2009 at 13:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Drivers urged to pay attention from today.

Moose crossing sign, Norway
Moose crossing sign, Norway
Photo: Morten Normann Almeland/Shutterstock Ima


There will be a full moon over Norway from Friday, something which increases the likelihood of hitting a crossing moose with your car in the next few days.

Cloud cover immaterial

According to aftenposten.no, now is the time when most accidents involving moose occur, although nobody is quite sure what makes them particularly active in this period.

“What is even stranger is that it actually makes no difference to the moose if the full moon is visible or not,” Torstein Storaas, senior lecturer at the Høyskole (university college) in Hedmark, and one of the country’s foremost experts on moose tells the paper.

Fatal

Drivers have little chance of stopping when one of these shoots out of the woods directly in to their path; accidents involving moose are normally serious, a fully-grown animal being as tall as the average car.

The front of the car hits the moose below its abdomen, with the impact throwing the animal up and into the passenger compartment. This can cause serious injury to the car’s occupants, and means almost certain death for the moose.

Statistics released by Statistic’s Norway (Statistisk sentralbyrå) reveal that the last few years have seen well over 1,000 accidents between cars and moose in Norway.

Moose are normally at their most active at sunrise and sunset otherwise.



Published on Thursday, 3rd September, 2009 at 13:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: moose, full, moon, dangerous, accident, fatal, injury, car, caution.





  
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