Beware off and respect Wildlife., Banff National Park
Visible throughout the park are reminders that wild animals aren't pets and shouldn't be approached, fed, petted, or ridden (I made up the last one). This may seem like common sense, but you'd be amazed by the number of people who display the lack of it.
I was quite lucky this morning. A black bear with her cubs were spotted right after I get off my car at the Herbert lake parking lot in the early morning. They were having breakfast in the bushes :) I tried not to disturb them and waited a while until they went away.
Too many times, we've read about tourists getting a little too close to the elk that wander around the town of Banff....they ARE wild!!
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Needless to say, there are dangerous animals. But it's amazing how many tourists go running up behind an elk to take a picture or get really close to a bear cub.
Aside from the obvious, the not-so-obvious aspect of keeping the park safe for everyone is to limit the human-wildlife interaction. As a tourist, you should leave impacting the park as little as possible. So, do NOT feed the wildlife, USE the bear-proof garbage bins. Cannot tell you how annoyed I get when idiots think it's cute to throw food at animal to watch them eat.
There is always a danger of wildlife jumping in front of your vehicle . There are these animal overpasses set up and they help.
This is an instance when a picture is worth a thousand words. This guy (the tourist, not the elk) is a complete dolt and deserves a hefty fine (maybe $1000 to start).
When going down from Healey Creek Campground to Porcupine Campground you should be aware of bears. We saw several bear tracks on our way down. Bears seemed to be digging for roots in this area!
There are bearproof bins located in and around the National Parks. Please do use them for any litter, but especially food.