The moose that died after being hit by a car on the Taconic State Parkway last week in Kent was in generally good health, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The female moose was hit about 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the parkway’s southbound lanes, just north of Route 301 and near Clarence Fahnestock State Park. The collision broke the moose’s back legs and a state trooper put down the animal.
The animal weighed 842 pounds and was about three-and-a-half years old, according to the wear on her teeth, the DEC said.
Her brain was free of a potentially fatal parasite called brain worm. In 2006, a young female moose wandering around the area and allowing people to touch her was found to have brain worm. The parasite was possibly to blame for her odd behavior, the DEC said then.
Tests for chronic wasting disease, an untreatable and fatal brain and nervous system disease found in moose and deer, are still pending, officials said.
Police said whoever hit the animal last week apparently kept driving.