Nfld. & Labrador

Inventor claims 'Moosedar' reduces collisions

A former Newfoundland man is trying to market a device that he claims will warn drivers when a moose is nearby.

A former Newfoundland man is trying to market a device that he claims will warn drivers when a moose is nearby.

James Oakley, who now lives in Ontario, said his "Moosedar" can greatly reduce the risk of moose-vehicle collisions.

"You would be driving down a road or a highway in Newfoundland and a light or an indicator would come on in your vehicle saying that there's a moose within 500 metres. So then you would slow down," said Oakley.

There is a catch — the device only detects moose that have been tagged with a reflective beacon and none of the thousands of moose in Newfoundland and Labrador have been tagged.

Oakley pitched his invention on the CBC television program "Dragons Den."

The episode including his pitch is scheduled to air at the end of May.

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