Canadians warned not to approach car-licking moose

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Yellow moose crossing sign in Montana.

The Canadian province of Alberta has warned motorists not to approach moose if they find the animals licking salt from their cars.

Officials issued the alert after finding moose licking cars parked near two trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The statement warns people not to try to push the animals away while on foot.
It goes on to advise that the recommended "moose viewing distance" is 30m (100ft), and any car-licking creatures should be deterred by either sounding a horn or using a remote door alarm instead.

The CBC news channel states that a female moose weighs an average of 750 pounds (340kg) to 926 pounds (420kg), while a male moose averages between 992 (450kg) and 1,102 pounds (500kg).

As such, officials claim that shoving one is unlikely to be effective. The animals can become aggressive and charge people or vehicles if they feel threatened.

Speaking to Global News, Canada, Dr Doug Whiteside from Calgary Zoo tells claims that moose and other wildlife ordinarily get all the salt they need in their diets.

"If there is no natural source of salt available they will find an alternate source, like the salt from the roads on vehicles," he said.

The Alberta warning is in place until further notice, and officials are asking people to report any "aggressive moose encounters" immediately.