When you reside in a location with a lot of wildlife, sometimes you have to give out weird warnings to the public. Officials in Jasper, Alberta, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick their cars.
The concern is that the big animals have discovered that they can get salt off the vehicles. “They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. “They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars.”
Obviously this is a dangerous thing for both the motorists and the moose, for those who have never seen a moose in person; they are bigger than you think.
By allowing moose to lick the salt off your car, they will become habituated with being around cars. That poses a risk to both the animals and the drivers who can accidentally crash into them.
“Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it’s going through your windshield,” Young said. The best way to stop a moose from coming close to your car is simply driving away when you see them approaching, he added.
Another important warning Young and other officials continue to emphasize is remaining in your car near the wildlife, including moose. “We’ve been seeing a lot more moose lately. The wolf population is decreasing, which means there’s fewer predators and the moose population is going up as a result,” Young said. “This also means people need to be respectful and give them space.”
Visitors are not allowed to feed, entice or disturb wildlife in national parks and violators could face fines up to $25,000, he added.