Your vehicle may look like salty snacks to local Canadian wildlife, but can speed up if you see them coming for a lick.
So do street signs in the Alpine town of Jasper, Canada, where salt-less moose pose a danger to themselves – and drivers – when salt-spartan cars show up in their vicinity.
“Oh hi, moose.” We have strict instructions about your snack habits, ”a Twitter user wrote on the stage with a very straightforward and distinctive road sign and a picture picture. Tweet going viral More than 46,000 likes have been received since it was posted this month.
“They are fond of salt, it is one of the essential ingredients for the minerals in their body,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN.
Moose usually recover their salt from the park’s lakes, but they have found that motor vehicles can offer a similar sodium-rich fix through roads sprayed with ice melting material.
“They usually get salt from the lakes in the park, but now they realize they can also get salt on the road that separates on cars,” Young said.
The problem is that moose and automobiles do not pair well, and are a mutual threat to each other. But in Jasper National Park, Alberta Province, both are a common occurrence.
“Mousse and car are not a good mix. If you hit the mousse with your car, you get a foot out of it and it’s going through your windshield, “Young said.
Young did not say whether park officials were also concerned about the status of the “Christmas Story”, the tongue of the poor animals stuck to the cars parked.
Visitors to Jasper National Park often park on the side of the road to wait for moose sightings, but officials are now encouraging guests not to let the animals appear. Once visible, at least away from a turn the directions are straight: just drive off.
To complicate the issue, silence has been increasing recently.
“We have been seeing a lot of moose lately. The wolf population is declining, meaning there are fewer predators and consequently the moose population is increasing, ”Young said. “It also means that people should be respectful and give them space.”
This is not just a recommendation: Visitors found feeding or harming wildlife facing fines of $ 25,000, Young added.