My Furry Encounter with an Elk

May 03, 2013
It’s 7am and I’m up early. Why? It could be because I am going on vacation later today and am panicking because I still have to pack. No. Somebody is tapping on my window. Constantly and it’s annoying. I think it’s one of my friends, Dave, goofing around.

I get up and out of bed, open the curtains. I freak out because all I see is fur. Outside my window is a giant body of fur. This is an elk - a male elk. With the most intimidating antlers I’ve ever come across. He stares right at me with his bulging eyes for a few seconds, and then goes back to his business feeding on the grass outside my room.

I calm myself down but I have never been so close to an elk of this size.  I remember that this is a wild animal and we need to respect his territory. I’m thankful that I had my window as a buffer so I got the chance to be so close to him.

I shall call him Elkie.

By Brittany
Reservations Team Leader

The best time to see wildlife in the Canadian Rockies is during the morning in Spring/Fall, and rutting season in September/October.

See the following links for more information or call me!

Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies – View photos of wildlife from other travelers and visitors to the Canadian Rockies and here are some great tips on capturing that perfect photo
For more information on elk within Banff National Park, please visit the Parks Canada website
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