Stay alert during night time travel, increased danger of moose accidents

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is urging drivers to use caution when traveling through south-central, the interior, and other areas of the state where moose are common.
Officials advise that long nights and often dimly lit days can make the big animals harder to spot when driving.
According to Fish and Game, there are roughly 126 moose accidents on average, per year.
The department recommend drivers to practice these safety habits when getting behind the wheel:
-Clean vehicle headlights and windshields. Most moose accidents occur during dawn and dusk when light is low and moose are most active, officials report.
-Drive according to winter conditions. Reducing speeds especially at night can aid drivers in their search for moose crossing roads.
-Be alert. Watch for both cow moose and calves, and deliberately scan both sides of the road for wildlife.
Motorists involved in a moose collision should contact Alaska State Troopers.
An injured moose should be reported to the nearest Fish and Game Office.