Government of New Brunswick

On average, 400 motorists are involved in a moose-vehicle collision every year. Most of these collisions happen between dusk and dawn when visibility is reduced and moose are the most difficult to see.

More people are injured or killed in moose-vehicle collisions in New Brunswick than in crashes with any other animal.

Most moose-vehicle collisions happen between May and October when moose leave the forest to escape the flies and heat and to feed on vegetation in ditches.

The Government of New Brunswick is working to reduce and prevent moose-vehicle collisions on New Brunswick highways through the application of specific programs including:

  • installation of wildlife fencing and crossings,
  • installation of enhanced moose signage
  • brush cutting
  • public awareness

Drivers should take the following precautions when travelling on all New Brunswick roadways:

Scan the Sides

  • Scan both sides of the roadway for moose and other wildlife.
  • Even while driving within a section of roadway contained by wildlife fencing, drivers should be scanning both sides of the roadway.  Although fencing reduces the risk of moose-vehicle collisions, there is still potential for moose to enter the fenced corridor.

Stay a Safe Driver

  • Avoid driver distractions. Passengers can reduce drivers’ concentration level, however, if there are passengers on board, have them scan the roadway as well.
  • Keep to the speed limit and slow down at night.
  • Windshields should be kept clean and headlights adjusted.
  • Use high beams whenever possible.
  • Seatbelts should be worn at all times.

Stay Alert

  • Warning signs mark higher-risk areas for moose-vehicle collisions.
  • A moose’s dark coat and the fact that its eyes do not glow in the presence of headlights make it more difficult to see than deer at night.
  • If wildlife appears on the roadway, brake firmly and try to avoid swerving. If a large animal such as a moose is directly in the path of the vehicle, consider swerving in a safe direction only if stopping the vehicle is not possible.
  • Moose can weigh up to 450 kg (1,100 lbs) and pose a significant risk of injury or death during a collision due to their long legs and tendency to be knocked into the passenger area of vehicles.

Stay Cautious

  • When wildlife is seen in the roadway, watch for other animals as many species travel in groups.
  • Moose are unpredictable. Leave plenty of space when driving around a moose. If it is frightened, it may run in any direction.
  • Do not exit the vehicle.
Collisions with moose and deer should be reported to the RCMP. Annual summaries of collision reports are useful in determining which areas require mitigation.