AUGUSTA, Maine — State highway officials are reminding motorists that the danger of moose-vehicle collisions increases in April and peaks in June as the big animals wander onto roadsides in search of salt and fresh vegetation.

The Department of Transportation issued a statement Thursday noting that Maine has averaged more than 600 such crashes a year during the past decade. The number of fatalities over the 10 years totals 22.

While the highest number of crashes has been recorded in Aroostook County, officials emphasize that moose-related accidents can occur anywhere in the state.

A motorist was injured Wednesday in the southern Maine town of Lebanon after his car struck a moose on a rural road.