Sabino Canyon Natural Mineral Lick   Leave a comment

Mineral Lick-IMG-4994-72Jim and Fred Examine The Mineral Lick Area In Sabino Canyon

Mineral Link-DSC_4461-72Sabino Canyon Mineral Lick — Images by kenne

A mineral lick (also known as a salt lick) is a place where animals can go to lick essential
mineral nutrients from a deposit of salts and other minerals. Mineral licks can be naturally
occurring or artificial (such as blocks of salt that farmers place in pastures for livestock to lick).
Natural licks are common, and they provide essential elements such as phosphorus and
the biometals (sodium, calcium, iron, zinc, and trace elements) required in the springtime for bone,
muscle and other growth in deer and other wildlife, such as moose, elephants, tapirs, cattle,
woodchucks, domestic sheep, fox squirrels, mountain goats and porcupines. Such licks are especially
important in ecosystems with poor general availability of nutrients. Harsh weather exposes
salty mineral deposits that draw animals from miles away for a taste of needed nutrients.
It is thought that certain fauna can detect calcium in salt licks. (Wikipedia)


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