It Starts With A Moose Licking Your Car...

Nina Slawek, Open Jaw

A recent CNN title reads “Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars”.

Bit of a stumper, eh? The words moose, lick and car don’t tend to be mushed together in normal speech patterns, much less in a news title.

But the truly ‘say what?’ part of this breaking news headline is the ‘not to let moose’ instruction. Have you ever seen a moose? These are rather large animals. Running out with a fly swatter urging it to “Stop that! Now shoo!” is unlikely to put an end to the amorous goings-on with your ride.

In fact, between your life and the mauling of your car, I’d let the moose have at it.

Officials in Jasper say salt is a treat moose find hard to resist. As we all know, in winter, it accumulates on our cars faster than you can say Bullwinkle.

"They're obsessed with salt, it's one of the things they need for the minerals in their body," Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. "They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars."

By allowing moose to lick the salt off your car, they will become habituated with being around cars. That poses a risk to the animal and the driver who can accidentally crash into them.

"Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it's going through your windshield," Young said. 

Apparently, the best way to stop a moose from coming close to your car is simply driving away when you see them approaching. No word on what to do once the licking has started. 

Nina Slawek

Nina Slawek President

The visionary co-founder of Open Jaw, Nina handles everything at OJ from the purse-strings to the talented but eccentric staff. She is frequently spotted hobnobbing with industry leaders and making glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV Room.

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