Wildlife viewing is one of the big draws of Banff National Park and in May the viewing is often at its best. With elk females giving birth, there are plenty of opportunities to see moms interacting with babies, a special sight. These ungulates are found throughout the park. There are more than 3,200 of them, making the elk the most common large animal in this jewel of Alberta. It’s not unusual to see them walking down the centre of town or on the Bow Valley Parkway. Although they’re not likely to attack humans, the elk are large and powerful and shouldn’t be approached, especially when they have newborns near. That said, they do know how to mug for the camera, so you should have plenty of opportunities to photograph these majestic and uniquely Canadian creatures.
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