Around 2 Months ago I had an incredible encounter with 3 Gray Wolves from the Bow Valley Wolf Pack. This was my first ever Wolf encounter and it lasted quite a while.
A fellow photographer friend spotted 2 Black figures rolling around in the distance, she knew instantly they were Wolves. Just off to the right was the Alpha Male of the pack. For some reason these Wolves were coming closer & closer to us, and the road. Eventually they walked right up onto the road behind us after glancing at us for a while. They soon disappeared so we continued driving but all of a sudden one Female pup runs out of the trees and stands in the middle of the road. We stopped to the side, turned off the engine and just watched.
This Female pup known as Kimi, really gave us a lot of time to photograph her before disappearing into the bush to catch up with the rest of the pack.
However, the thrill from this encounter was destroyed a few weeks ago when I discover that she had been killed on the Highway. The bad news didn’t stop there, just 2 days after, another member of her pack was killed further down the highway. Taking the total number of Wolves in the Bow Valley down to 6.
Then a few days ago I opened the local newspaper to see 6 Wolf pups walking along the road. My first thought was how stupid this newspaper is to show these animals walking along the road, we don’t need anymore people looking for them on the road (especially during tourist season). My second thoughts were of excitement and how the Bow Valley Wolf Pack have been given another chance.
If you see these Wolf pups:
STOP YOUR VEHICLE SAFELY WHEREVER YOU ARE, TURN THE ENGINE OFF, PUT YOUR 4 WAYS ON, GIVE THESE ANIMALS PLENTY OF ROOM AND DO NOT APPROACH.
Motorists will not learn from Kimi’s death, on average a vehicle drives past where she was killed every 15 seconds throughout the day.
Please RESPECT all Wildlife & the Landscapes in Banff National Park, it is so fragile and anything as simple as dropping a few crumbs or stepping on a wildflower can have a huge impact. Drive Slower!