It’s Thanksgiving: “Do not let the moose lick your car”

Saw that in yesterday’s Times and laughed and laughed.

And then, I asked the same question that has, it seems, been asked on the internet: O, Canada, “Exactly how would you stop them?”

The answer? Not too satisfying: “Keep beyond moose-tongue distance by moving on before a moose approaches.”

How does ]Steve] Young [a spokesman for Jasper National Park] define “moose-tongue distance”?

“I actually don’t know how long a moose tongue is,” he admitted. But the park’s guidelines for how far people should stay from animals is 30 meters, or 100 feet, he said.

He acknowledged that if you do find your car on the receiving end of a moose-licking, your options can be limited.

“As someone who’s had their car licked by a big-horned sheep, I realize there are limited options when you’re parked,” he said.

“We do understand that in some situations, patience might be your friend, and the safest thing you can do is to stay where you are.”

I’m staying right where I am.

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