Moose Lick Your Car? Bad Idea

The moose like the road salt splashed onto the cars, says a national parks spokesman. | Image: Parks Canada

(CNN) Canadians, officials have an important message for you:

“Do not let moose lick your car.”

Yes, you read that right.

Officials in Jasper, an alpine town in Canada’s Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt, a treat moose find hard to resist, off their cars.

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Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN:

“They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body.

“They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars.”

At the Jasper National Park, where people often park on the side of the road in hopes of catching a glimpse of the moose, letting the animals near your car is actually a serious danger.

By allowing moose to lick the salt off your car, they will become habituated with being around cars. That poses a risk … Read more. 

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