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Jasper National Park

Winter in Jasper National Park Photo Gallery

Though the bears may be asleep, there is still plenty of wildlife activity in the park in the winter. Around the Jasper townsite area, elk, mule deer and coyote are common. The Maligne Lake Road is a good place to look for moose, mountain sheep and caribou. Wolves are sometimes seen near Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and along the Icefields Parkway. Herds of elk can be seen along Highway 16 East. Remember, though, these are wild animals. If you should see them, keep your distance for your own safety and do not feed them for your sake and theirs. Winter can be an especially difficult time for animals. Your respect for their need to feed and rest undisturbed will help them survive. Though they seldom show themselves to humans, snowshoe hares, martens, weasels, lynx, foxes, cougars and wolverines are also active in the park in winter. If you don't actually see these animals you are certain to see signs of their presence. The winter snow is a page on which the comings and goings of the park's inhabitants are recorded for anyone who wants to take the time to interpret the tracks left behind.

A female mule deer remains alert for signs of trouble A female mule deer remains alert for signs of trouble.
© M. Bradley