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Grizzly Bear
There are about 60-70 grizzly bears in Banff National Park, about a dozen of which frequent the Lake Louise area. It’s one reason the speed limit is only 70 km/hr in the area from May through September.
Black Bear
About 40 black bears frequent Banff National Park (fewer in number than grizzlies). In spring, they come to feast on grasses and dandelions at the roadside, returning to the valley bottoms in late summer when the berry bushes ripen.
Bighorn Sheep
Often seen on the cliffs of Mt. Wilcox near Tangle Creek, these large and sturdy sheep are recognized by their sandy-colored coats and cream-colored rump patch. The rams have massive curled horns that grow a new ring every year.
Mountain Goat
A herd of 50 to 60 goats spends most of the year on the rocky ledges of Mt. Kerkeslin. Distinguished by their white coats, beards and short black horns, these alpine acrobats can turn completely around on the narrowest of precipices.
Often seen grazing by the side of the road or trying to cross it. A bull elk is an awesome sight, with antlers up to 1.5 metres (4 feet) across. Elk have been known to charge if you get too close, so always keep a distance of about 3 bus lengths away.
Golden Eagle
Around Bridal Veil Falls, these majestic raptors can often be seen riding thermals over the alpine tundra in search of Columbian ground squirrels, pika and hoary marmots.
Woodland Caribou
Jasper is the last fully protected range in the Rocky Mountains for woodland caribou, which are sometimes spotted along the Sunwapta Flats in May and June. Both males and females have antlers and large hooves.
  Gray Wolf
Along with the coyote, is one of two wild dogs found in the Rockies. Wolves are larger, about the size of a German shepherd, and their color can range from white to brown to black. They are the dominant predator
in the Rockies.
The largest member of the deer family, the long-legged moose can grow to 7 feet tall and weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Males are recognized by their larger size, massive antlers, and aggressive behavior during breeding season.
Known by several names in other areas, (including mountain lion, puma and Florida panther) this big cat weighs in at up to 150 pounds and measure up to 8 feet from nose to tail. It can run up to 30mph, and leap up to 20 feet from a standing position.
Wildlife Overpass
Bear Sense

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