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Wildlife managers warn of off-leash behaviour Dog owners are being warned to keep dogs on leash at all times in a bid to protect treasured wildlife. It’s required by law for dogs to be on leash in national and provincial parks, but officials with both Parks Canada and Alberta Parks and Environment say it’s an ongoing battle to try to get compliance on the issue. They say dogs can pose a threat to wildlife like bears and wolves, especially younger animals, and an encounter with wildlife can prove dangerous, potentially deadly, to dogs and their owners as well. “At this...

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Wolves in Banff prompt concern after getting close to people in popular areas COLETTE DERWORIZ, CALGARY HERALDMore from Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald Published on: April 4, 2016 | Last Updated: April 5, 2016 12:36 PM MDT A wolf pack around the Banff townsite last summer. AMAR ATHWAL / CALGARY HERALD ARCHIVES SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT A well-known pack of wolves in Banff National Park was spotted by hikers on Tunnel Mountain, followed a person walking a dog along the Bow River and loped alongside a cyclist on the Bow Valley Parkway. The incidents, which have occurred in the past few weeks, have prompted a warning from wildlife officials. “There...

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The number of bears in the Foothills east of Banff and Jasper National parks has doubled over the past decade, the study by fRI Research found. Alberta grizzly bears need habitat protection, conservation group says Between 2004 and 2014, the grizzly bear population in Bear Management Area (BMA) 3 — which stretches from the Banff and Jasper national park boundaries east to Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House between Highways 16 and 11 — has increased from an estimated 36 bears to 74.  

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