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St. John's Moose Problem Has Police, Drivers On The Alert

04/19/2016 02:00 EDT | Updated 04/19/2016 02:05 EDT
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland's capital is suddenly overrun with moose, with residents reporting close encounters across St. John's, and police warning drivers to be on the lookout for antlers.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it has received multiple calls in the past two days, although no collisions have been reported.

An RNC spokesperson said moose usually migrate to the big city around this time of year, but the sudden appearance of so many moose has social media alight.

One Twitter user said a baby moose followed his daughter to the bus stop. The RNC itself joked after a sighting near a Goodlife Fitness centre in Mount Pearl that "Today was a 'leg day.'''

The island of Newfoundland has the highest concentration of moose in the world. Between 500 and 600 moose-vehicle crashes are reported annually there, with five to 10 serious injuries per year and an average of one human death.

Last April, Newfoundland launched a five-year moose management plan, partly aimed at reducing moose-vehicle crashes.

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