View wildlife from a safe distance

Whether you are exploring the park by foot, bike or vehicle, approaching wildlife causes them to lose their natural fear of people. Help keep them wild by maintaining a minimum distance of:

  • 30 metres for deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep
  • 100 metres for cougars, bears, coyotes and wolves
Do not surround, crowd or follow any wildlife

If you choose to take a photo, take it from a distance by using the zoom function on your camera. 

Slow Down, obey speed limits

When driving, obey all speed limits. Wildlife are present day and night.

If you see wildlife roadside

Always slow down. If you do stop (not recommended for your and the wildlife's safety):

  • stay in your vehicle.
  • be aware of the wildlife and traffic around you.
  • pull over only when it is safe to do so.
  • use your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
  • watch for a few moments, take a quick photo, and move on.

If a traffic jam develops, move on. It is unsafe for people and wildlife.

It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators will be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.

To report offenses call Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470