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Car-licking moose on the loose in Canada


Posted on Friday, 16 December, 2016 | Comment icon 21 comments

Tourists have been flocking to the area to see the moose. Image Credit: Hagerty Ryan / USFWS
A warning has gone out to motorists to beware of moose licking the salt off the side of their cars.
The alert, which has been issued by the government of Alberta, was prompted by cases of moose approaching and licking vehicles in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

Recommending a 'moose viewing distance' of 30 meters, officials have suggested using a car horn or remote door alarm to scare the creatures away.

"If there is no natural source of salt available they will find an alternate source, like the salt from the roads on vehicles," said Dr Doug Whiteside from Calgary Zoo.

The phenomenon has since become affectionately known as the 'Rocky Mountain car wash'.


Source: BBC News | Comments (21)

Tags: Canada, Moose

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 16 December, 2016, 22:44
I wonder why some animals like salt so much. Heard that mountain goats, for example, will brave treacherous canyon walls to lick salt. And with domesticated cattle it's a must to have salt blocks. For these animals, why? Not enough of the important nutrient in their diet? Anyone know?
Comment icon #13 Posted by shadowlark on 17 December, 2016, 0:56
All animals need salt. For domesticated animals like dogs and cats, it's added to their food. For horses and cattles, loose salt or salt licks can be provided. In the wild, horses (and deer, moose, goats, etc) can travel to find salt to get what they need but in groomed pastures on farms they don't have the same access to natural salt so we have to provide it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by brlesq1 on 17 December, 2016, 7:01
Those wacky Canadian moose.
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin on 17 December, 2016, 8:08
911: "What is your emergency?" Caller: "A moose has its tounge and lips stuck to my bumper" 911: "Sir, this is not an adult hotline"
Comment icon #16 Posted by White Unicorn on 17 December, 2016, 13:38
A new A Christmas Story needs to be written. I tripple moose dare you! Says one moose to Bowinkle who ends up stuck to a car LOL
Comment icon #17 Posted by seanjo on 18 December, 2016, 2:10
Moose! That's Scottish for Mouse.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Likely Guy on 18 December, 2016, 2:26
I was in a pub in Scotland and overheard a farmer complaining about his sick "coo". It took me a while to figure out what the hell he was talking about.
Comment icon #19 Posted by ChaosRose on 18 December, 2016, 2:27
It seems like it should be a no-brainer that you don't shove a moose, but they have to be saying it because someone did it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by ChaosRose on 18 December, 2016, 2:30
I think if a moose is licking your car, well...you're just staying home. Turn around and go back inside.
Comment icon #21 Posted by LV-426 on 18 December, 2016, 12:29
Hoots mon, there's a moose loose aboot this hoose!


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