Car-licking moose prompts warning in southern Alberta

Watch out for moose who like to lick vehicles.

That’s a warning from the Alberta government for people visiting Peter Lougheed Provincial Park about 130 kilometres west of Calgary.

Alberta Parks says moose are on the trails at Chester Lake and Burstall Pass and are coming into the trailhead parking lots to lick salt off the sides of vehicles.

Moose licking salt on cars

Photographer Kevin Long happened to snap this picture of a moose licking salt off cars in 2013 at the parking lot to Chester Lake trail and Burstall Pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, although thankfully from a distance. (Submitted by Kevin Long)

The government advises people to sound their horn to try to get the salt-lickers away from their vehicles.

It also warns to not try to push a moose away from the vehicle.

In Canada, a female moose weighs an average of 750 to 926 pounds and a male moose averages between 992 and 1,102 pounds.

Alberta Parks issued the warning Tuesday and ask people report any aggressive moose encounters to them.


  • An earlier version of the story said Peter Lougheed Provincial Park was southeast of Calgary. In fact it is west of the city.


Article Source: CBC

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