Moose Nibbles?

As a mostly northern country, we sometimes face interesting considerations.

The moose like the road salt splashed onto the cars, says a national parks spokesman.
File photo.

Officials in Jasper National Park, Alberta, are warning motorists not to let moose lick the salt from their vehicles.

And they are extremely attracted to salt, especially the kind that may be all over your vehicle in the winter.

Parks Canada file photo.

As you may imagine, an 820 kilo (1800 lb.) moose coming near your car might not be a good thing. It’s dangerous for them and you; moose can be aggressive and will charge if they feel threatened. And, as an added incentive, there’s a $25,000.00 fine for non-compliance.

Another reason for the problem is that the wolf population (the main moose predator) has been declining, and now there are more moose than usual.

The advice? Drive away carefully when you see moose approaching your vehicle.

If you’re interested, here’s the article.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/37736/now-canada-has-road-signs-telling-people-not-to-let-moose-lick-their-cars

Have a good week and remember, keep the neighbourhood moose away from the nibbles. 😉

28 thoughts on “Moose Nibbles?”

    1. Oh yes, I agree totally. I see lots of wildlife here on the sides of the roads, but I don’t stop unless I have to (bison love to stand in the road, for instance) and I certainly don’t get out of my vehicle. I saw a beautiful fox a couple of days ago, but only because I had slowed down for another reason. He was just sitting there, but it’s not wise to get out, even if it’s for a photo. They become acclimated to humans so quickly. Wildlife have enough problems as it is.

    1. Oh yes, pull away slowly and carefully. I once saw a couple of tourists approach a huge moose during mating season (they are very temperamental at that time); they were trying to pet it! So, so dangerous. A park officer came along and shooed them away (the tourists, not the moose). People can sometimes be such idiots.

  1. That’s so 2020. I saw this on the evening news and was glad to see something that was not about Covid or the U.S. election. I would love to see a moose, but not licking my car. Stay well Lynette. Allan

  2. I saw this on the news the other day! Oh, the things we humans have to worry about these days. If I do see a moose coming at me, I will drive away slowly and throw a salt lick out the window (LOL).

  3. This is hilarious (sort of) in that a friend of mind just shared the same photos of that sign yesterday. I’m always fascinated at how different the wildlife is and acts in different areas of the world, so I thought this was cool to see.

    1. I didn’t realise how much these photos are making the rounds. It’s certainly not a sign you see every day. When I was a child, my mother used to feed a moose that waited out hunting season in the trees at the bottom of our acreage (smart moose). He got all the vegetable leftovers and, of course, his very own salt lick. When hunting season was over, he would disappear until the following year. After about 10 years, he failed to arrive. He lived a very long life for a moose.

  4. That’s a very good presentation — things like this read like a joke in the outside world, but they are not a joke, and you nicely make that point.

  5. Goodness! What starts out sounding so funny can actually be quite serious. I honestly had no idea it was a problem, but it makes sense.
    I don’t think we have any moose here, they tend to hang out north of us.

    1. Thanks for your comment. 🙂
We keep encroaching on their space, and whenever humans come into inappropriate contact with wild animals, the animals lose, unfortunately. We need to be more respectful and stop trying to take everything. The animals have a right to be here, too.

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