It‘s been a while since back from Jasper & Banff trip during my vacation, however when I browse the photos of those wildlife I encountered, the every scene is still so vibrant. The only pitiful this is I didn’t have any chances to see those elegant while majestic elks and moose, while this imperfect journey gives me more imagination and expectation for next trip.
The first unforgetable creature welcoming us was a white-tailed dee, he is strong and vigorous, and beautiful with shinning fur and vivid color in the woods, that gave me the first surprise when we were approaching the town of Jasper.
The second unforgettable species we met are still deer, but at the vicinity of Jasper, they were adapted to semi- urban environment so well that they didn’t show any panic when I approaching them to make a close up shot. I just totally indulged in the enjoyment of watching those fairylike creatures and forgot to leave for the remaining 300 km trip ahead.
The third animal I crossed into was bighorn sheep, they are usually down hill to roadside to get mineral from vegitation free tilt area, but what we met on the way to Malign Lake were so fearlessly that they lipped our car like domestic goats. Becuase of the resemblance, they are always misidentified as mountain goats, it is more confusion especially when you spot some of them without bighorns. The judge is pretty simple, if they don’t have snow white in color, they are not mountain goats. As only male bighorn sheep get the large curl horns where they get their name.
The fourth species jumped into my sight were black bears. They were a mom bear and a cub, the mom was so protective to her cub that she was huffing her hair at back of her neck with low horrific panting voice. at the same time, her baby back form roadside and intended to clime up a three, which gave me a good chance to caputre a very cool shot. For safety purpose, my buddy was keeping moving our car with the front door open when I shot photos out of car, had she charged me, I would have had chance to jump into our car and close up the door. Luckily she did just threaten us to leave her baby. Did I recognise them as black bears just because their color is black, no definitely! As black bear might in other color and grizzly bears might in black. The most simple judging criteria is whether they have vivid shoulder hump, if they have do, they are grizzly bears, otherwise, they are black bears even they might have other colors.
The fifth species I crossed into was Columbian Ground Squirrel in Johnston Canyon close to the town of Banff. It is a medium sized squirrel comparing to other squirrel family members, but looks like little bit plump but swift actually, really cute.