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Parks Canada asks motorists to watch for wildlife

A mother grizzly and her cubs graze in between the Trans-Canada Highway and the CP Rail tracks in Glacier National Park. - Brad Templeton/CP Rail
A mother grizzly and her cubs graze in between the Trans-Canada Highway and the CP Rail tracks in Glacier National Park.
— image credit: Brad Templeton/CP Rail

Contributed by Parks Canada

It’s that time of year again in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. Fresh spring vegetation is attracting animals such as bears and goats to the side of the Trans-Canada Highway where they are vulnerable to being hit by motor vehicles.

“We have already lost two black bears this week,” says Tawnya Hewitt, Parks Canada Wildlife Specialist. “We are asking motorists to drive cautiously and respect speed limits, especially around blind corners.”

Bears have been busy at the roadside. This season, Parks Canada staff observed a black bear at the base of Mount Revelstoke and two adult grizzlies grazing at different roadside locations in Glacier — one was a female with two cubs.

Parks Canada does not encourage people to stop to view wildlife at this busy time. However, if you do choose to stop, pull onto the highway shoulder when it is safe to do so, remain in your vehicle and move on after a few moments. Never stop in the middle of the road, close to a hill, curve, tunnel, or in heavy traffic. Vehicles stopping on the side of the highway to view wildlife can create traffic jams that are dangerous to both people and wildlife.

Please pay special attention when driving and watch for wildlife. If you see a bear or other wildlife or traffic jam please report it to Parks Canada at 1-877-852-3100.

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