Visitors and residents should be aware that elk calving season is underway in Banff. Calving season usually extends from late May until late June, and is the time of year when people need to use extra caution near cow elk and their calves.
Cow elk favour the security of the Banff townsite during calving and can be especially aggressive towards people at this time. Elk calves are also a major attractant for predators such as grizzly bears. For this reason, Parks Canada steps up aversive conditioning efforts on elk during calving season to discourage them from using the townsite.
Please keep your distance from elk – you should stay at least three bus lengths away.
For photos of Elk, please visit rocky-peak Holiday’s summer photo gallery by clicking on the link above.