It's important to be prepared for wildlife encounters with Elk especially at this time of year. Its common that we hear of someone biking or walking near Elk only to surprise an Elk calf lying in the grass out of site which puts Mom Elk on the defensive. Be outdoors and be prepared for all wildlife encounters as you venture out. Here's a recent article on an Elk encounter: Elk Knocks Down Hiker in Canmore area
Very excited for the mental health and further enjoyment of the outdoors opening more parks will bring as Parks Canada continues to open up the parks. If you're wondering what parks are opening in your area, here's the full list of Parks across Canada. Parks Canada Full List of Parks Reopening including special instructions Hotels in Banff, Alberta What's open in Banff, Alberta Be Outdoors. Be Prepared.
For those that are looking to the great outdoors for their mental health, remember to stay prepared while enjoying the outdoors. What to do if you encounter a bear? Defensive Encounter May occur when a bear is defending something such as cubs, its food source or if the bear is surprised by your presence. Do not run Ready your bear spray Try to appear non-threatening, avoiding eye contact Talk in a calm voice Slowly move away without turning your back to the bear Use your bear spray if the bear comes within usable range of your bear spray (typically...
Research on the effectiveness of Bear Spray vs. a Firearm in a Bear Encounter A study on the efficacy of bear deterrent spray was conducted in Alaska. 83 cases involving the use of bear spray in Alaska between 1985 and 2006 were analyzed. Results showed that in over 90% of close-range encounters with black and brown bears, spray stopped the bear’s undesirable behavior. Bear Spray Research on Effectiveness of Bear Spray Efficacy of Firearms in a Bear Encounter