Wolves. How can you not love them?
This young wolf appeared to have a look of pure innocence. Unfortunately, his innocence was nearly lost, as he insisted on crossing a busy highway multiple times. We did our best to slow traffic, but one vehicle appeared to speed up when it saw the wolf, and attempted to hit it. The wolf escaped, as did the vehicle before we were able to capture the license plate number. But it was a reminder of the many unnatural challenges wildlife – wolves especially – face every day. Here’s hoping the leadership of groups like Kids 4 Wolves can help bridge the divides in our society and foster a healthier appreciation for and understanding of this iconic species.
Remember our new landscape hotspot we discovered hiking the Waterton River? We showed you the ‘accidental’ shot we snapped of the clouds as we were packing up. Here is a shot of the actual view that we hiked in to capture.
We’ve seen this same osprey family for the past several years at Castle Junction in Banff. They have apparently used this nest for over a decade. In this shot, the male was flying in with a stick to renovate the old structure and beef it up before the next storm rolled through the Bow Valley.
Mountain goats, finally! We have had miserable luck finding Simon’s favourite ungulate over the past several summers. A few of our reliable goat locations from years gone by have become less reliable – mostly because US park officials in Glacier are trying to manage wildlife, rather than people. (For shame!) We have searched and searched for a new place to find these majestic creatures and we’re hopeful that we’ve succeeded. If we have, we look forward to spending many years observing and documenting goat behaviour from a respectful distance.
More images coming Monday!