A herd of moose has taken over a highway near the Sherwood area.
Residents and city officials are growing concerned and they’re warning everyone to slow down.
Reporter Nathalie Gomez was out there today, where she caught a glimpse of the big wild animals.
“Just go slow through there cause it seems like they’re always there I guess,” said resident Chelsea Westerness.
She’s talking about highway 28 on the way to Sherwood.
“They’ve been really hanging around the highway for some reason, I’m assuming because there’s soybeans along one side of the highway down there and then all the windbreak,” said Westerness.
Westerness says she sees them every day… and she’s not the only one.
“Since the snow came and the cold weather hit they’ve been coming into people’s yards and along this highway 28 and there’s been two or three hit by cars there and it’s getting to be a concern with people,” said landowner Allen Engh.
a concern and a nuisance.
“There’s way too many of them in this area,” said Engh.
So many that the DOT recently installed moose crossing signs along the highway…
“There have been people seeing as many as 13 in a herd,” said Engh.
Hitting a dear is bad enough but hitting a moose is worse, some can weigh up to 1500 pounds, you always want to be careful while you’re on the road but especially at night.
“The thing about moose is you can’t see them at night they’re so dark and their eyes don’t shine like a deer or other animals, you don’t see them until you’re right on top of them and they don’t move,” said Engh.
All residents, law enforcement and city officials included, want to raise more awareness so that everyone can get where they’re going safely.