There's a car-licking moose on the loose

A moose with an appetite for salt caused the Alberta, Canada, parks system to issue a warning to motorists, along with instructions for defending their cars.

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Yes, this is a government-issued moose warning sign.

Alberta Government

A moose in Canada is getting a little too cozy with cars.

Alberta Parks, the organization that runs the provincial parks system, issued an online warning Tuesday about a moose approaching vehicles in parking lots to lick salt from the sides of the cars.

The moose is active in the lots for Chester Lake and the Burstall Pass trailhead, just in case you happen to be out that way for a hike. Alberta Parks notes on Facebook that the critter "has been very aggressive."

If you don't live in or haven't visited moose country, you may not realize the animals can top 6 feet (1.8 meters) in height at the shoulders and weigh more than 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms). That's a whole lot of mammal to have hovering around your car door when you want to get in and drive home.

Alberta Parks offers some helpful suggestions in case you catch a moose licking your car. Sound your car horn or use your remote door alarm to deter it. And of utmost importance: "Do not attempt to push moose away from your vehicle while on foot." The parks group also asks visitors to report any aggressive moose behavior.

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