FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is warning motorists to be careful after five moose were struck by vehicles in the last few days.

Police say the collisions have occurred mostly in northern areas of the county, including on Route 27 in Wyman Township, Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation, Route 16 in Coplin Plantation and Route 4 in Rangeley.

Lt. David Rackliffe tells the Sun Journal that motorists should use caution, especially in the early morning and evening hours. He says moose can be frightened by the sound of an approaching vehicle and run into the road.

Most crashes with moose lead to extensive motor vehicle damage and frequently the death of the moose.

No one was injured in the moose crashes in the past few days.

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