Alberta, Canada - Officials in Alberta, Canada are warning drivers to watch out for salt-seeking moose, warning them not to let the moose “lick your car,” says the Association of Mature American Citizens. The moose population is on the rise in Alberta and more and more of them are heading to the roads in and around Jasper National Park where traffic can be heavy and slow, giving the critters an easy opportunity to lick road salt off of cars.
It seems that moose have an affinity for salt. They usually head for salt lakes to get their saline rations, but it’s easier for them to lick cars, which in winter are likely to be covered in anti-skid road salt. The authorities are concerned that drivers might think it’s “cute” to let moose lick the salt off their cars; they can get used to it and make driving extra hazardous. As a spokesman for a Park spokesman put it: "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."