Wildlife at Jasper National Park

Adults and children alike will enjoy seeing nature at its finest at Jasper National Park. Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains the park is the largest one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The park consists of many protected ecosystems with abundant wildlife. Naturalists and animal lovers will enjoy the spectacular scenery in which you can view animals in their natural environment.

Jasper National Park has been a wildlife refuge since it was first made into a park in the early 1900’s. Since then extreme care has been taken to ensure that the park keeps its wildlife intact. There are more than 1300 plant species in the park. There are an amazing 20,000 different types of insects and spiders, 40 types of fish, 16 amphibian species and 277 types of birds. There are also 68 species of mammals that call the park home. Some of the mammals that live here include elk, caribou, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, bear, wolves, lynx, porcupines, beavers, cougars, hares and wolverines. The park continues to try to preserve the natural ecosystems that support the many types of wildlife.

Nice Marmot (Photo by davidtaus)

You’re most likely to see some of the small mammals that live here. There are 29 small mammal species. The smallest is the pygmy shrew, which is just several grams in weight. The largest are the beaver that can weigh upwards of 20 kilograms. Other small mammals that you may see include the squirrel, marmot, pika, rabbits and bats.
Lardeau River Grizzly 2003 (Photo by tuchodi)
Larger animals that you are likely to see include animals in the deer family. Deer loose their antlers annually. You’re bound to see deer, moose, elk, wapiti (elk) and caribou. You’ll also see sheep and goats. Their horns continue to grow each year helping to estimate the age of the animals. Other animals include coyote, wolves, cougar and bears. There are both black bear and grizzly bear in the park.
Moose. (Photo by Hot Meteor)
It is important to maintain the parks ecosystem in order to help keep the wildlife intact. Follow the rules and regulations. Do not feed the animals and do not attempt to pet them. Remember that they are wild animals and they are unpredictable. When hiking on the trails it is best to make some noise. This will scare off any larger animals, particularly bears. Most wild animals will not attack humans unless they are startled or are protecting their young. Observe all the cautions that are explained when you visit the park.

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1 comment to Wildlife at Jasper National Park

  • Sydney

    How is Jasper preserving the non primary animals (not bears, cougars, wolves, etc.) but the other less significant wildlife as well such as fish, greenery, and insects?

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