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The local elk is perhaps the easiest wildlife to spot around Jasper in April time as they laze in groups just outside of town. As time goes on and the sightings become more and more commonplace unfortunately I found myself taking the poor elk more and more for granted after the extreme excitement of my very first sighting.


That being said, I will be eternally amused by elk's very unsubtle booty! With the elk hanging about town, it's easy to forget about the threat that those sharp antlers pose so don't get too close! If you really want to see a spectacle visit Jasper in the Autumn time when you can see the male elk jousting and fighting over the ladies during the rut. You do not want to be getting out of your car at all during this mating season unless you want to be charged. Even the young bucks who have been the best of friends may completely lose their heads during this time as they engage in epic battles to cement their status as top dog. The dominant male bulls guard their harems of female elk and prospective young hopes will coat themselves with urine and mud to serve as a perfume to entice the female cows. 


If you do visit during the rutt, listen out for the haunting sound of the bull's bugle. If you visit during April time manage your expectations and don't expect to see the aqua coloured glacial lakes that the Canadian Rockies are famous for. The lakes will most likely still be frozen over much like Patricia Lake below which is just a 5 minute drive outside of Jasper town.

Patricia Lake

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