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Moose (Scientific name, Monsterous Cardestroyerous)

I was following this truck through Franconia Notch when I saw what looked like a cloud of white bird feathers billowing up behind it and around my car. We were both at 45 MPH at about 10:20 at night headed south by the Basin exit. I figured he had hit an owl. Then I noticed a large steaming wet spot in the road and a light shining up into the trees to the right, with him slowing down. It appeared there was a Game Warden or Policemen ahead looking up in the trees for something.

The trucker pulled to the side under the lights by exit 1 in the Fraconia Notch Parkway (which is also I-93 and NH route 3 through the notch). I was going at about 20 MPH or less at the time with no traffic, I looked back to see what's in the pictures below.

I stoppped to help, and gave him a ride down to the Lincoln Police Department. On the way down he told his story. The moose had run out right in front of him at the instant he passed by so he had no chance to avoid it. He lamented that this was a brand new truck with only a few thousand kilometers on it. He was from up around Quebec City on his way to The Rhode Island area if I remember correctly. Anyway, he was able to reach his company which immediately dispatched a wrecker and another tractor to continue on with the trailer.

The "feathers" I saw was actually moose fur, and the wet spot in the road was anti-freeze. We went back up to try to find the moose with no luck. I guess the Lincoln police located it as the next day it was gone, all except for the lower parts of the hind legs.

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