Yes, you read that right.
Authorities in Jasper, an alpine town in the Canadian province of Alberta, have asked for signs to avoid allowing motorists to lick salt.
“They are obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their bodies,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. “They usually get salt from lakes in the park, but now they realize that they can also get salt on the road that separates on cars.”
In 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 their car is indeed a serious threat.
By allowing them to lick salt from their car, they will get accustomed to being around cars. This puts both animals and drivers at risk who may accidentally crash into them.
“Moose and car are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it is passing through your windshield,” Young said.
The best way to prevent a moose from getting close to your car is when you see them approaching, he said.
Another important caveat Young and other officials stressed is the importance of staying inside your car and avoiding any interactions with wildlife, including moose.
While other animals usually run away when humans arrive, if they feel threatened, the moss will stand in their ground and charge.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of declines recently. The wolf population is declining, which means there are fewer hunters and consequently the moose population is increasing,” Young said. “It also means that people should be respectful and give them space.”