We have documented, multiple times, that wild bears often find themselves inside of or around Subarus. Whether the bears enjoy a rough-and-ready family car or Subaru owners just happen to be the kinds of people who are often exposed to bears, we can’t say. What we can say after seeing this video shot over the weekend in Grand Tetons National Park, is that the trend seems to be spreading to the moose.
This happened over the weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which looks less like a hole and more goddamn breathtaking. Shawnae and Bryce Somsen stopped their Subaru to film a herd of moose, mostly bulls. Around 1:20 the video suddenly cuts to from inside the car, with moose starting to come up to the the vehicle and lick it.
“We just hung out there and pretty soon the moose just kind of got closer and closer. As they were doing that they kept sparring back and forth,” Shawnae told EastIdahoNews.com. “Pretty soon we were like ‘I think these guys are going to cross right in front of us, that’s going to be cool,’ then they stopped.”
The moose spent half an hour licking the car, and even licked Bryce’s hand, before they went back to sparing and wandering the plains. The moose were most likely attracted to the Subaru by rumors they heard from the bears of the vehicle containing tasty treats. Since the car was probably covered in road salt, the bears proved to not be liars. We expect to hear of several more moose-related Subaru enthusiast meetings in the future.
It’s not just Subaru owners that can encounter a salt-hunger moose. Any car that’s been on wintery roads will have some salt on it.
Luckily, the Canadian government has some sound advice for those encountering moose who treat your car like its trying to get to the center of a tootsie pop: just let it.