A mineral lick (also known as salt lick or natural lick) is a natural mineral deposit where animals in nutrient-poor ecosystems can obtain essential mineral nutrients. In an ecosystem, salt/mineral licks often occur naturally, providing the sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc required in the springtime for bone, muscle and other growth in deer and other wildlife, such as moose, elephants, cattle, woodchucks, domestic sheep, fox squirrels, mountain goats and porcupines. 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.
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“I know. Thats what makes us tough. Rich fellows come up and they die. Their kids aint no good and they die out. But we keepa comin. Were the people that live. They cant wipe us out. They cant lick us. Well go on forever, Pa, cause were the people.”
—Nunnally Johnson (18971977)