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The Basics - What to Know


Seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is a very special experience. As a national park visitor, you share this natural area with wildlife that depend on it for their survival. It is important to know how your actions and behaviours affect wildlife.


Do not disturb wildlife. Give wild animals space (stay at least 100 metres away - approximately one football field), by not approaching too closely for a photograph or a better look. Bears, moose and other wildlife may react aggressively if they feel threatened by you or your pet.

Do not feed wildlife. It is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. Wildlife find their healthiest food in their natural environment. Once they become accustomed to being fed by people, they stop looking for their natural foods and lose their fear of humans. These animals, no longer "wild", are a threat to public safety.

By understanding more about the wildlife in the national park you are visiting, you can help reduce the likelihood of an unpleasant encounter, and at the same time, help protect wildlife populations. Talk to park staff to know more or click on the link below.

Keep the Wild in Wildlife

Parks Canada Staff Tips

The best way to watch wildlife is from a distance, and binoculars will make animals seem much closer. You’ll see them behaving naturally when they don’t know you’re around. (Tip from staff at Kluane National Park Reserve)