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Capturing Moments in Canada's Rockies

Wildlife encounters caught on video while out hiking and sightseeing in Canada's beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos)

Grizzly Bears range in small numbers in Alaska and western Canada as well as eastern Siberia and Hokkaido, and from western Europe and Palestine to the Himalayan region, and possibly the Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa.

Wildlife Icons In Canada's Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountains boast some of the best Wildlife Viewing in the World. The Rocky Mountains are home to an exciting array of mammals and birds. Most commonly seen are Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Deer. The more elusive Bear, Mountain Goats, Wolves and Moose can be found in Canada's Rockies more easily at specific times of the year. Even more rare sightings of Mountain Lion, Lynx and Wolverine are experienced typically by chance of those who spend a significant amount of time exploring Canada's Outdoors.

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Bighorn Rut Behavior with Some of the Largest Rams

Bighorn Rut Behavior with Some of the Largest Rams

Some heightened Bighorn Sheep behavior during the Rutting Season. It has been a little more rare for so many Rams, including some of the Largest Rams seen this rut, to continue competing and fighting to mate for such a long duration. While there were a couple clear Bighorn Bosses that ruled when they asserted themselves, some young energetic Rams showed lots of incredible genetics, stamina and stubbornness. Hopefully, many new Lambs appear this Summer as a result of a successful Rutting Season.



Grizzly Bear Watches Hikers

Grizzly Bear Watches Hikers

This Grizzly Bear was just a few feet off a common hiking trail as Hikers approached and re-routed due to the encounter. While Grizzly Bears in Hyperphagia(just before hibernation) probably need a wider birth, this fella was probably more concerned over the intention of the hikers(defense) than anything potentially offensive. This Grizzly Bear was in an area of common use by people at this time and all did a great job of getting along during a critical time for this amazing Bear. Once this Bear felt the threat was not harmful, he continued digging for tubers to pack on pounds in the last weeks of weight gain before hibernation.



Elk Bull on a Nice Evening During the Rut

Elk Bull Bugles, Scrapes and Looks over Our Mountain Town on a Nice Evening During the Rut

Elk Bulls like this have an important role in making sure there are new calves next Spring. While larger, more dominant Bulls are resting or not attending cows during the rut, satellite bulls may move in to mate with these cows. Bugling can be heard in just about every direction at the peak of the rut with most being nice Bulls like this. This elk bull demonstrates rutting season behaviors as he looks over our beautiful small mountain town.



Bighorn Bash

Bighorn Bash

Bighorn headbutting at the height of the Bighorn Sheep Rut. Lots of Ram Rut fighting was captured this year and this is some of the best headbutts of these powerful creatures.



Bighorn Sheep Rut - Canada's Angry Ram Mating Dance

Bighorn Sheep Rut - Canada's Angry Ram Mating Dance

Bighorn Rams Fighting for Mating rights During the Bighorn Sheep Rut. The larger Bighorns with superior genetics are able to battle like this for quite a long time during the bighorn sheep mating season. Several larger Rams are seen here battling for the right to mate on this day.



Big Rams Fighting for Mates

Big Rams Fighting for Mates

Big Rams Fighting for Mates During the Bighorn Sheep Rut. Bighorns with superior genetics are able to keep this battle pace up for quite a long time during the bighorn sheep mating season. Two larger heavyweight Rams are seen here battling on this day.



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Wildlife on Video - A Magnificent Elk Bull shining with energy during this year's Elk Rut. Various elk rut season behaviors can been seen here as he pursues cows, bugles, rubs trees and travels lakeside in a few beautiful locations.


Wildlife on Video - The early stages of the Elk Rut in Canada's Rockies - Jasper National Park. These Video Clips are fractions of several days of a Wonderful experience. This particular Bull Elk has aggressively defended His harem from Several other Bulls over the last few days, of which is still quite early for the Elk Rutting Season.


Wildlife on Video - Bighorn Headbutting Battle in Canada's Rockies




Wildlife on Video - Very Active Elk Bull with His Harem During the Elk Rut




Wildlife on Video - In nature with Canadian Rocky Mountain Bighorn Rams during their rutting season. We were very lucky to witness this Epic Battle between two very gifted Bighorn Rams.




Wildlife on Video - Bighorns are gathering for the rutting season. This powerful species is a favorite for us to witness. Here, in early rutting season, they are gathering with larger Rams, beginning to assert themselves among the Ewes. It may be a little early for estrus and mating, but not too early for the pecking order. These amazing mountain climbers are always so inspiring to watch. We hope they have a successful mating season.




Wildlife on Video - Our First encounter with a special Grizzly Mother and her newborn cubs this year. She is such a patient and well tempered Grizzly sow and we are now lucky enough to witness her with her second set of Cubs over the last several years. It was an exciting day as we were not certain she was okay over the Winter, but clearly she was. Grizzly Bears produce only two or three cubs every three years and their survival rate is unfortunately very low. Everyone in this location of Canada's Rockies will be Cheering this family on in 2020!




Wildlife on Video - We were lucky to witness this huge bull courting a receptive cow during the Moose Rut. The active peak of rutting season for moose is generally the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later. Moose bulls may court cows for several days during their mating season. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family can often be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favorite bull moose. You can hear some vocalizations between the bull and cow along with seeing some very rare behavior in these gentle giants.




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Viewing Wildlife in their natural habitat can be very exhilarating. Let's keep the chance of wildlife encounters existent for future generations.

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Grizzly
Families

Fiercely protective, Grizzly mothers with cubs often seek out higher elevations to avoid confrontation.

Grizzly Mothers and Cubs