The teens are fine but our moose may need directions

June 19, 2013 by  

The common complaint among adults that young people do not where they are going or even where they are does not apply to a certain group of Manchester High School students, it would appear.

Five of our local students took third place in the annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge recently. It was the 22nd year for the challeng,e which was held in Storrs at the University of Connecticut.

The competition included a geography quiz bowl, problem solving, map reading, and orienteering. Print companies looking to produce maps now know where they can find the help they need.

Certainly, one or possibly two moose could have used a map or even a banner printing telling them the way to go home. While our young people showed their expertise in finding their way around, the same could not be said of the following adolescent.

At the beginning of the month, a moose, which was judged to be about a year old, was struck and killed by an automobile in Manchester. It is not certain, but it believed this young moose, which weighed a hefty 400 to 600 pounds, was the same one spotted wandering the street of Manchester the day before. The moose seen and photographed on Thursday was herded into a wooded area of Vernon and it is likely that this was the same animal that was killed on interstate 384 at about 4:30 am Friday morning.

Since moose do not read, it may be necessary to increase signage in the area warning residents of the dangers of lost four-legged adolescents roaming our streets.