Wildlife watchingAnimals | Mountain Wildlife Viewing Guide
Wildlife sightings are common across Jasper’s varied landscape. So, keep a look out for the park’s 69 species of mammals, but only from a safe distance.
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:
- 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? Read the brochure Keep the Wild in Wildlife to learn more.
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.