Two moose crashes within hour in Maine

Posted April 11, 2010, at 3:48 p.m.

ROXBURY, Maine — Maine transportation officials are warning motorists to be on the lookout for moose, which are more likely to show up on the sides of roads at this time of the year.

The warning comes after state police responded to two car-moose collisions within an hour of each other on state Route 120 in Roxbury on Friday night. The Sun Journal of Lewiston says neither collision resulted on motorists’ deaths.

State Transportation Department spokesman Mark Latti says moose frequent the roadways for several reasons in late spring.

The sides of roads are the first areas to green up in the spring, offering moose tender plant shoots as a source of food after a long winter of eating poor-quality food. Latti also says the moose crave the salt found along roadsides in the spring.