It’s that time of year where wolf photography is at a peak, and there’s no better place in the Canadian Rockies to find wolves than in Jasper National Park, where more than five different packs can be found near roads that traverse the park.
Wild wolf photographed in Jasper National Park
My favourite areas to look for wolves in Jasper include the Maligne Lake Road and Highway 16 west of town into Mt Robson Provincial Park. If it’s solitude and wolves that you desire, then try the Snaring River Road first thing in the morning.
And if you want to try the Icefields Parkway, check out my $10 e-guide to finding and photographing wildlife along this famous roadway: How to Photograph Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies.
Keep in mind that Jasper wolves are wild animals and that you often get better images of them using long lenses and remaining in your vehicle.
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Highly sociable rodents, Columbian ground squirrels live in colonies that are divided into separate territories ruled by dominant males. Each colony features a network of burrows and dens, all cleverly designed with multiple entrances and escape hatches and built so that the dens stay high and dry through even the worst of storms.
Central Rockies Mammals introduces you to 10 different rodents and 2 different lagomorphs with full colour photographs and one to two page descriptions. The guidebook covers beavers, porcupines, marmots, squirrels, chipmunks, muskrats, woodrats, mice, hares and pikas.
In winter, moose are found in mixed forests feeding on the twigs of willows, aspen and red osier dogwood, while in summer, they frequent low-lying marshlands in search of water plants.
Central Rockies Mammals introduces you to 7 different ungulates with full colour photographs and three to four page descriptions. The guidebook covers moose, elk, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain goats and bighorn sheep.
Coyotes have perfected a technique called mousing, where they patiently stalk a mouse and then pounce high in the air and land on it. In winter, they use their excellent sense of hearing to listen for mice running beneath the snow, then pounce up and sharply downward, breaking the crust of the snow with their forefeet to catch their prey.
Central Rockies Mammals introduces you to 12 different carnivores with full colour photographs and two to four page descriptions. The guidebook covers grizzly and black bears, mountain lions, lynx, wolves, coyotes, wolverines, martens, mink and weasels.
I moved out to the river’s edge just in time to see a cow elk crash through the vegetation two hundred metres upstream and plunge into the icy water. Following close on her heels were two different wolves, one dark grey, the other tawny brown….
John Marriott’s personal writing style lends a special flavour to Central Rockies Mammals, which helps make it a unique resource for those wishing to discover more about the fascinating mammals found in the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness.
This 12×18 cm (5×7 in) guidebook includes tips on where to find wildlife in the Rocky Mountain national parks, and features only natural images of each animal, taken in the wild under unpredictable conditions.