Wolves are generally solitary animals and do not interact with humans often. This narrative has shifted in Canada’s Banff National Parks where “bold” wolf behavior is being seen. That’s right, wolves approaching cars and even entering tents has forced officials to put closures and warnings in place for all in the region.
Parks Canada issued a warning to the Banff downside on July 7th warning about Wolves “approaching vehicles and seeking human food awards”. This warning includes the town of Banff and the surrounding areas. Park staff has already had to euthanize one wolf after it was determined that it had an “excessive level of habituation and human food conditioning.”
A scary incident occurred at Eygpt Lake Campground where it was reported that a wolf had entered two tents. This is extremely rare and park officials extended warnings to Eygpt Lake and its surrounding trails shortly after.
Parks Canada wants people to know that wolf packs are still healthy in the region, but wolves are learning to live in closer proximity to humans. They are asking residents and visitors in the area that they “share the surrounding habitat with wildlife and take the necessary steps to keep themselves and wildlife safe.” Always remember that whenever you go out, especially into the wilderness, that you are never alone. Wildlife is everywhere and you must be vigilant at all times to protect yourself and those around you. Stay safe out there!
Parks Canada has issued the following cautions:
- Never Approach, entice or feed wildlife
- Ensure that all food and garbage are kept inside a building or vehicle
- Pay close attention to children and keep pets on a leash at all times
- Act aggressively if a wolf approaches you
- Carry bear spray with you at all times and understand how to use it
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, 110–180 kilometers (68–112 mi) west of Calgary, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometers (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with many glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.