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Old 02-21-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Thank goodness for Airstream's tubular shape!

At least a moose won't stay on top if you hit one!


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Old 02-21-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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I think a moose might end up inside if you hit one! Just think of those panoramic front windows!

Wow, that's someone's very bad day!


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Old 02-21-2008, 04:32 PM   #3
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The people who talk about how dangerous it is to have a close encounter with a moose aren't kidding! A deer might have stuck in the grill, but they say a moose will come up over the hood and get the windshield every time. I hope the people inside survived. It sure looks like head and neck injuries could have happened.

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Old 02-21-2008, 04:49 PM   #4
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That's gross....
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:12 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by beckybillrae
actually, it's pretty funny

Don't ever say that up here in the northeast! Too many people have had friends and relatives killed by car-moose collisions. The eyes of the moose don't reflect at night and their bodies blend so well into the dark, or dusk, that they're virtually invisible. Honestly, one of the ways to know you're possibly approaching a moose is if the tailights or the headlights ahead of you momentarily disappear! A plot of our car-moose collisions in the northernmost half of Maine would, if using dots to so indicate, be almost a continuous and uninterupted string - although the southern half of the State (---including the Portland area) is not immune to collisions either. Deer collisions in Maine are probably no worst (---or no fewer in number) than anywhere else across the U.S.

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One other observation worth noting is that the pickup in the picture sustained considerable damage to the area of the hood before the body of the moose was deflected upwards into the windshield and then over the roof. This is perhaps one other reason why the pickup truck is so heavily favored in Maine. All too often, with respect to automobiles, the entire body of the moose comes right through the windshield - frequently killing the occupants of the vehicle. Please slow down when you're in Moose country and at least pay attention to the posted signs! Contrary to popular belief, the moose signs are not in the same category as the tourist signs pointing out scenic overlooks or rest stops.

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Old 02-21-2008, 05:20 PM   #7
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Yeah, the problem with moose is that they are so tall the front bumper/grill won't shunt them like it will for a lot of deer.

I cannot even imagine how they will get the thing off of there! Perhaps with the tow lift on a tow truck, and a chain? Bleah!

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Old 02-21-2008, 09:23 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by beckybillrae
actually, it's pretty funny
Really sad and tastless humor at a horrible sight like this.

beckybillrae, can you look at dead bodies, blood, bent metal and broken glass and talk about how funny it is? there is something wrong with you.

Everyone else making jokes about this is sad also.

I find this way past the bounds to be an offensive post that should be allowed on this forum. I would please ask that the first post and all the following posts be removed.

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We have a very large Elk Herd in the mountains of Arizona. They too are very hard to see at night, but their eyes do reflect the light.

On one section of Hwy 260 East of Payson an Elk detection system has been put in place. Infrared cameras are used to detect the body heat of the animals which triggers flashing lights to warn motorists.
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:15 PM   #10
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I agree with Safari62. This is clearly a situation that involved tragedy and suffering. Is it really appropriate for a light-hearted forum discussion?
Some posts are focussed on awareness and precaution, and those are helpful.
But the humorous stuff? Not so much.
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Very well. Every post that contained anything humorous has been deleted from this thread, including my own. The owner of the tow vehicle has our deepest sympathies. No further humor at the expense of the people or moose will be allowed in this thread.
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Actually, the windshield and roof of the truck are caved "IN" and not out from a head hitting them. The people are probably just fine if they had their seat belts fastened. I think everyone needs to lighten up.
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Originally Posted by Cracker

A plot of our car-moose collisions in the northernmost half of Maine would, if using dots to so indicate, be almost a continuous and uninterupted string -
That is a very true statement. On my trip to Millinocket a few years ago the rest areas along Rte 95 posted regional maps of "moose strikes". The number of dots on the map was unbelievable, to say the least. Definitely caused me to remain alert behind the wheel.

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Looks to me like the moose was in the median and someone did not take proper precautions and slow down as they should have. I hope there were no passengers in the pick-up, because the picture says driver carelessness to me. I would hate to see an innocent passenger hurt or worse for the drivers negligence.

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