Moose wandering on New Connecticut Airport grounds killed

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Moose wandering on New Connecticut Airport grounds killed

Environmental officials in Connecticut killed a moose that wandered onto the grounds of a major airport.

The moose is spotted wandering along a road at Bradley International Airport on Friday. The animals were put down because of safety concerns for air travelers and drivers along a nearby highway.

It may be a public safety concern when moose roaming in high-traffic areas like airports and public roadways, said James Fowler, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

No flight was affected, and the animal never breached the perimeter fence that protects the airport's runways. The animal had not been injured. It's clear why the animal couldn't be moved. DEEP said it did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment Sunday.

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

Alisa Sisic, a spokeswoman for the airport, said officials continually monitor threats from wildlife in the area and have comprehensive strategies to ensure that the airport is prepared to handle any wildlife-related situations. Bradley International Airport is New England's second-largest airport, behind only Logan in Boston, and serves Connecticut and western Massachusetts.