Wildlife in a Wild Land Doug Sephton
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all critters found here, just the ones I managed to take a picture of.
Please see a series of 6 trail camera videos of wildlife taken in West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis
Wildlife Trail Camera Videos
Black bear – coat can be brown to black
Snout and face form a straight line in profile.
Claws of front feet are short, curved and make little or no imprint in tracks.
Adults weigh from 45 to 200 kg (100 – 440 lbs)
Inhabit and den in low elevation forest areas. Enter dens in October and November. Come out in April. May come out for short periods during the winter.
Omnivorous (eat both plants and animals). Roots, berries, grass, insects, carrion and rodents.
Most active from evening to early morning.
Man, grizzly bears and wolves are their only enemies.
Cinamon coloured mother with black and brown cubs
White tailed Deer – fawn
White-tailed Deer summer
White-tailed Deer winter
White tailed deer loosing its grey winter coat revealing tawny fur
Hare changing colour
Moose – female in spring (molting)
Elk – male (foreground), female (background)
Female Bighorn Sheep
Male Bighorn Sheep
Columbian Ground Squirrel
Red Squirrel’s have a territory of 2.4 to 5 acres (1-2 hectares)
Squirrel’s burrow is burried under a trash heap of spruce or fir cone scales after seeds have been eaten
Grizzlies have silver or light-tipped guard hairs on head, hump and back giving a shaggy appearance.
Distinct shoulder hump with short, rounded ears. Nose is pig-like
Claws of front feet are long, curved and are noticeably different from black bears.
They have poor eyesight, good hearing and very sensitive scent. They can smell a carcas many kilometres away
Adults weigh from 150 to 385kg (330 to 850 lbs)
Inhabit and den in low elevation forest areas, but roam open areas in the foothills and mountains. They enter dens in October and November. Come out in April. May come out for short periods during the winter.
Omnivorous (eat both plants and animals). Roots, berries, grass, insects, carrion and rodents, deer, moose and other bears.
Most active in early morning, evening and sometimes during the day.
Can run 65 kph for a short distance
March 1, 2007
Common Raven – inset (in flight)
Raven in the snow
Hear/see a goose – Windows
Hear/see a goose – Mac
Great Grey Owl
Black ground beetle (carabidae)
. . . and a few not so wild
Horse and Mule