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    Elk
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    Elk feeding on new growth

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    munch

    This stretch of forest was burned within the past five years under the controlled fire program. Forestry experts now understand that periodic fire is necessary for the ecosystem. Therefore, park personnel set controlled fires periodically in order to both thin out old growth and to prevent calamitous fires in the future. The forest regenerates itself from the ground up and as seen here the hungry elk take advantage of the young and tender growth.

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    Golden-mantled ground squirrel

    by zrim Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    ground squirrel

    Spermophilus lateralis. Feeds on vetch, berries, bark and seeds. Also eats a number of fungi before hibernation in the early fall. Lifespan of about four years.

    http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/157.htm

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    Elk

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 26, 2013
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    One of the most commonly sighted animals in the park are Elk. You can see them by the roadsides in the early morning or at Dusk.

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    TAKE YOUR DOG ON VACATION

    by scottishvisitor Written Aug 27, 2005

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    AWAITING THE RETURN OF MY HUMAN

    JUST LOVED THE IDEA OF TAKING YOU'RE FOUR LEGGED FRIEND ON HOLIDAY - UNFORTUNATLEY BRITIAN STILL HAS QUARANTEEN LAWS SO MY POUCH HAS TO STAY HOME - SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED BANFF NATIONAL PARK

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    Give way to animals

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Animals have right of way

    Crossing the reservoir bridge at Minnewanka we had to stop to allow this young herd of big horn sheep to pass very close to the car - a truely memorable experience.

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    Duck from previous tip blown up

    by zrim Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Common Goldeneye

    The photo loses quality as it is blown up, but you can at least make out the features of the Common Goldeneye.

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    A closer look at the Columbian ground squirrel

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    who goes there?

    Spermophilus Columbianus. These guys eat flowers, seeds, fruits and bulbs. Apparently they especially like dandelions. Hmmm. I could use a few in my front yard if that is the case.

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    Columbian ground squirrel in field of wildflowers

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    chirp

    Looks a lot like a prairie dog and it sits up on its hind-quarters and chirps alarms like the prairiedog, but it is a different species. Not quite the communal creature like the prairie dog.

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    Yes. It is a bear.

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    bear walking through woods

    Moving closer. Gingerly stepping over fallen logs. at this point it indicates no curiosity about us and seems intent to forage about for it's own natural food. Good bear.

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    Who's that?

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    is it a bear?

    Look back in the thickets. There is a black mass moving around. Why it looks like a black bear. Maybe it will come closer if we don't make any sudden movements or approach it.

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