(what has to be the world’s way-coolest animal [except maybe for perhaps elephants])
Car-licking moose prompts warning in southern Alberta
Officials say don’t try to push them away from vehicles
The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 14, 2016 4:00 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016 11:57 AM MT
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.
Photographer Kevin Long happened to snap this picture of a moose licking salt off cars in 2013 at the parking lot to Chester Lake trail and Burstall Pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, although thankfully from a distance. (Submitted by Kevin Long)
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.
Lordy, lordy what is a middle-aged Dominion and ex-colony to do? You try and make these visitor/tourists happy. After all, most people won’t even consider coming for a visit unless it’s for the 48 minutes of summer we have each year. So I try and make myself presentable, I cleaned up the attic (if you don’t count “dumpnado”, the simmering unextinguishable garbage dump in the far north that just won’t go out), swept the front steps, and invited all my old friends back (free trade agreements with Korea, Europe and some S. American neighbours — the ones who really make it a party]).
So what do I get?
— A snippy British woman who came with her girlfriend for a visit and wasn’t happy with all the cars she inconceivably encountered within major cities of all places.
— short term guests who come to Alberta for visits from Denmark and China and end up getting attacked by bears and complain that cars don’t come quickly enough to come cart them to medical facilities.
— a smitten Galway lad who encounters one of my own fair daughters on a Ryan Air flight to Dublin and thinks he’s charmed his way into her knickers only to lose contact with her at Passport Control.
So what is it to be world, more cars, less cars or should we just make out in the back seat so we don’t have to play Marco Polo in the Customs Hall?
Best let us know, we middle-aged gals ain’t got much time left until the mosquitoes go into hibernation and we start pulling out the woolen undies.
As they say on Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming!” And you saw how that turned out for the Starks.