Environmental officials kill moose after it wanders onto Connecticut airport, doesn’t reach runway

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Environmental officials killed a moose in Connecticut after it strayed onto the grounds of a major airport.

The moose was spotted Friday morning wandering along a road at Bradley International Airport. Authorities decided to put the animal down, citing safety concerns for air travelers and drivers along a nearby highway.

“Where moose roam high traffic areas such as airports and public thoroughfares, it can be a public safety concern and DEEP and airport staff are authorized to euthanize a moose if deemed necessary,” said James Fowler, spokesman for the state Department of Energy. and environmental protection said in a statement.

The animal never crossed the perimeter fence that protects the airport runways and no flights were affected. The animal had not been injured. It is not known why the animal could not be moved. DEEP did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment on Sunday.

DEEP estimates that there are between 100 and 150 moose in Connecticut.

Airport spokeswoman Alisa Sisic said officials are constantly monitoring wildlife threats in the area and “have comprehensive strategies to ensure the airport is ready to handle any related situations. to wildlife”.

Bradley International Airport is the second largest airport in New England, behind Logan in Boston, and serves Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

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