Right here’s a warning that drivers hardly ever hear: don’t let the moose lick your automotive.
That’s the message issued within the wintry north by Parks Canada, who say that the salt that builds up on roads — and on automobiles that use the roads — attracts moose, who ingest the sodium in colder months as a result of they want lots of it “to take care of their bodily capabilities.”
The company is worried that the animals have a behavior of stopping on the highways and slurping the salt, and threat getting struck by different automobiles.
“It does sound very humorous … It is OK to chuckle at it, so long as folks drive responsibly and do what’s finest for the wildlife,” mentioned Tracy McKay with the nationwide parks company. “Parks Canada understands that seeing these wildlife is an actual spotlight for lots of people, however we ask folks to not cease … in order that the moose cannot get used to licking salt off of the vehicles.”
McKay mentioned that as many as 4 moose are killed annually by automobiles in and round Alberta’s Jasper Nationwide Park.
Roy Rea, an assistant professor on the College of Northern British Columbia and “moose professional,” explained the mammals’ habits to the CBC.
“In the summertime there’s a lot of greenery round and people crops have much more minerals in it … and within the winter they [moose] sometimes do not have entry to that,” he mentioned. “They must go the place they’ll to search out the salt and … one of the vital handy locations for them is that if they cross the street and provides it a lick.”
McKay says that sand, used as a substitute for enhance traction, has hint quantities of salt. “There’s been a number of initiatives in numerous locations which have tried salt alternate options, however they are typically dearer or they do not work as effectively, or each,” she mentioned.