The big beasts are addicted to the salt.
Canada may not be the first country you think of when talking about car-related news, but there have been some interesting stories this year. Production of the Chevy Silverado is returning to the land of maple leaves and ice hockey, while another story spoke about a disgruntled Mercedes customer who flew to Germany to complain about his car. However, the story we have today is one that is truly unusual, and the kind of thing that could only have come from our northern neighbors. Moose are licking the salt off of cars that visit the Jasper National Park, and it's not good for them.
As you can see in the above video, this Toyota RAV4 was licked inappropriately by a moose who finds the salt that builds up on a car's body panels utterly delicious. While this may seem fairly harmless, salt is not a recommended supplement for moose, and wildlife getting too familiar with humans doesn't usually do it any good.
According to Joe Urie, the owner of Jasper Tour Company, the moose find this road salt "kind of like crack." To try to curb this unusual phenomenon, officials have placed signs warning against this in areas where moose are commonly found, but there's also a new rule for motorists that could prove very expensive for any who do not abide by it.
As of this year, motorists may no longer leave their car if they encounter wildlife inside Jasper National Park, and any who "feed, entice, or disturb wildlife in the park risk receiving a C$25,000 fine." That's around $20,000, which is certainly not a small amount. As with any other wildlife, motorists are encouraged to honk their horns to try and scare the moose off, but trying to shove the animal with your car is highly advised against. At least the RAV4 is a pretty strong vehicle, should a moose decide to ram one after being denied its fix of built-up road salt.