A late-night moose collision on Route 3 near the county line with Franklin left a Toyota Tundra inoperable and one of the park's approximately 800 moose dead but the driver unhurt.
Bloomingdale man Joseph Akey, 25, was heading westbound March 19 on Route 3 just before 11 p.m. when he struck the animal. He took the moose carcass from the scene. Like a deer collision, the driver of the struck auto can get the animal tagged and take it with them, said state police.
The Saranac Lake Fire Department initially notified state police, but were recalled before responding to the scene as the collision occurred on the Clinton County side of the county line.
Over the last five years, New York has seen eight to 10 moose collisions annually. Between 1 and 2 percent of moose collisions result in a human death, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, though none of those collisions have killed a person so far in New York.
Moose are most active in the fall, during mating season, and spring, when looking for spots to give birth.
The animals are the largest members of the deer family and the biggest land animals in North America. They reach six feet tall at the shoulder and as much as 1,200 pounds.
Moose are fairly nocturnal, and are most active from dusk to dawn. Their dark coats make them difficult to spot when the sun goes down. Their eyes are much higher than a deer’s, so headlights don’t always reflect in them to help spot the beasts. The best preventative measure is for drivers to slow down at night.