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Monday, July 2, 2012

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, Wildlife and Cautions

Watching wildlife in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, is a pleasant and surprising pastime, but it can be dangerous too and here are some hints and tips as to what to do (or not) when this situation arises.

- There are wolves, cougars and coyotes roaming around in the wilderness and should you encounter one then don't wait: secure your small children and/or pets by picking them up, yell and make yourself look taller. Should the predator go on the attack then fight back as hard as you can, but don't run, play dead, crouch down, or look away.

- Stay at a safe distance from elk; they too will attack you and can cause great harm. Keeping your distance is best concerning any kind of wildlife and keep a close watch on your surroundings, children and pets at all times. Don't entice or aggravate wild animals and don't attract them by leaving out food, leftovers, dirty dishes and pots, dishwater and toiletries.

- Not all dangers can be expected from animals; insects can wreak havoc on you as well with their sting or bite. Don't attract them by wearing scented lotions or perfumes, bring insect repellent and check for ticks after hiking.

- When driving; watch out for animals near the road. Slow down and if you like to watch them, then pull over, stay in the car and go along your way after a few minutes. Be especially careful during dusk and dawn, because that is when a lot of animals are highly active.

You will enjoy watching life in the wild to its fullest when you stay safely hidden and refrain from intrusion and disturbances. You can still see it all 'up close and personal' by using binoculars and telephoto lenses!

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