Always give wildlife space. Stay in your vehicle.

We can think of many great reasons to not get out of your car to take photos of wildlife, here are just a few:

  • Wildlife learn they can approach people in their quest for food. They are then more likely to enter a campground, resort, or townsite which ultimately results in conflict with people.
  • It teaches animals to not be wary of people. This means that that bear is less likely to run away from you when you bump into them later on the trails.
  • They are wild animals. Animal behaviour is unpredictable and could result in injury if they are not given enough space.
  • You put yourself at great risk to through traffic. It is not safe to stand on the side of a highway while focusing your attention elsewhere. Never ever run across a busy highway!
  • Harassing animals is illegal. We actively monitor and respond to bear jams. Charges under the Canadian National Parks Act require a mandatory court appearance with fines up to $25,000

Wildlife sightings are common across Jasper’s varied landscape. So, keep a look out for the park’s 53 species of mammals, but only from a safe distance.

Wildlife can be spotted in the park year-round, with bear sightings common in valleys in spring, and sheep and elk during rutting seasons in fall.

You might see elk roaming the townsite. Or grizzly bears with their large humps, and the blunt, tan muzzles of black bears. There’s moose, and two species of deer. Watch bighorn sheep, wolves and coyotes, as well as mountain goats. Lucky hikers may even spot a rare woodland caribou.

To help Parks Canada maintain healthy animal populations in Jasper National Park, please:

  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Do not approach wildlife - stay 30m (3 bus lengths) away from elk and 100m (10 bus lengths) away from bears
  • Do not feed wildlife, this is unlawful in a national park, and hurts the animal more than helps (“A fed bear is a dead bear.”).

So, safety first, right? Here's ten tips to respect wildlife and stay safe