Car-licking moose prompts warning in southern Alberta

Watch out for moose who like to lick vehicles. That's a warning from the Alberta government for people visiting Peter Lougheed Provincial Park west of Calgary.

Officials say don't try to push them away from vehicles

Alberta government officials are warning visitors to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park about moose licking the salt off vehicles parked at the Chester Lake and Burstall Pass trailheads.

Watch out for moose who like to lick vehicles.

That's a warning from the Alberta government for people visiting Peter Lougheed Provincial Park about 130 kilometres west of Calgary.

Alberta Parks says moose are on the trails at Chester Lake and Burstall Pass and are coming into the trailhead parking lots to lick salt off the sides of vehicles.

The government advises people to sound their horn to try to get the salt-lickers away from their vehicles.

It also warns to not try to push a moose away from the vehicle.

In Canada, a female moose weighs an average of 750 to 926 pounds and a male moose averages between 992 and 1,102 pounds.

Alberta Parks issued the warning Tuesday and ask people report any aggressive moose encounters to them.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of the story said Peter Lougheed Provincial Park was southeast of Calgary. In fact it is west of the city.
    Dec 14, 2016 4:57 PM MT