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Capturing Moments in Canada's Rockies

Wildlife encounters caught on video while out hiking and sightseeing in Canada's beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos)

Grizzly Bears range in small numbers in Alaska and western Canada as well as eastern Siberia and Hokkaido, and from western Europe and Palestine to the Himalayan region, and possibly the Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa.

Wildlife Icons In Canada's Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountains boast some of the best Wildlife Viewing in the World. The Rocky Mountains are home to an exciting array of mammals and birds. Most commonly seen are Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Deer. The more elusive Bear, Mountain Goats, Wolves and Moose can be found in Canada's Rockies more easily at specific times of the year. Even more rare sightings of Mountain Lion, Lynx and Wolverine are experienced typically by chance of those who spend a significant amount of time exploring Canada's Outdoors.

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Epic Heavyweight Bighorn Bosses Battle

Epic Heavyweight Bighorn Bosses Battle

This is Earlier in the Day.. Part 1 of 2 of Heavyweight Bighorn Bosses Battling. These Bighorn Sheep Rams represent some of the Biggest Rams in Canada's Rocky Mountains. Four of them were in a marathon Head Butting Battle for hours on this day. You can hear lots of vocalizing as these Heavyweights Grunt and Growl at each other while they figure out who the Boss will be going forward. These Bighorn Rutting Season Battles can go on for hours at a time along with Days at a stretch. Bighorn Sheep Ram's skulls and horns experience massive impact loads during ramming. Their structure and materials have adapted through evolution to sustain very large dynamic forces while preventing Brain failures or injury. Bighorn sheep horns are not shed and regrown annually so they can not rapidly heal damage. Sustaining repetitive high impact loads and harsh environments throughout the animal's lifetime is due to their Keratin-based horns that are much tougher than mineralized hard biological materials like bone.



Bighorn Heavyweight Rams Growl and Grapple with Lots of Vocalizing

Bighorn Heavyweight Rams Growl and Grapple with Lots of Vocalizing

These Bighorn Sheep Rams represent some of the Biggest Rams in Canada's Rocky Mountains. Four of them were in a marathon Head Butting Battle for hours on this day. You can hear lots of vocalizing as these Heavyweights Grunt and Growl at each other while they figure out who the Boss will be going forward. These Bighorn Rutting Season Battles can go on for hours at a time along with Days at a stretch. We witnessed some of the most heavy impacts we have ever seen with this group of impressive Rams. Bighorn Sheep Rams skulls and horns experience massive impact loads during ramming. Their structure and materials have adapted through evolution to sustain very large dynamic forces while preventing Brain failures or injury. Bighorn sheep horns are not shed and regrown annually so they can not rapidly heal damage. Sustaining repetitive high impact loads and harsh environments throughout the animal's lifetime is due to their Keratin-based horns that are much tougher than mineralized hard biological materials like bone.



Bighorn Sheep Quickly Calculate Mountain Climbing Routes

Bighorn Sheep Quickly Calculate Mountain Climbing Routes

Bighorn sheep are natural agile Rock climbers that can quickly calculate Mountain Climbing Routes and climb up steep rocky slopes with ease. Bighorn Sheep can jump many feet across wide rocky mountain crevices in these rugged habitats. Even young lambs have very little trouble calculating the best routes when climbing rocky mountain terrain. This group is ascending during the Bighorn Sheep Rut Season.



Elk Herd Traversing Athabasca River in Front of Beautiful Mountain Range

Elk Herd Traversing Athabasca River in Front of Beautiful Mountain Range

Elk herd traverses Athabasca River in front of a Beautiful Mountain range containing Mount Edith Cavell and Whistlers Mountain. This is near the end of the Elk Rut and this herd was moving on this day without a dominant Elk Bull. In these cases it is usually a Matriarch Elk Cow that leads the herd.



Big Rams Still Working Out Who the Boss is!

Big Rams Still Working Out Who the Boss is!

Several Bighorn Sheep Rams are Still Working Out Who the Boss is during the Rutting Season. Each one Gifted enough to be Dominant, but a couple are starting to Stand out. Ewes usually have to be in Estrus for the Fighting to ramp up several more notches.



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Wildlife on Video - This Elk Bull Boss answered Bugles from another large Bull on the other side of Athabasca River. He came across and not only claimed the territory, but seemed to increase the size of his Herd as well. During the Elk Rut, Elk will cross this River very often to rest or cover more ground. You can see they are great swimmers, having no problem with this strong current.




Wildlife on Video - Bighorn Rams Fighting for Mating rights During the Bighorn Sheep Rut. The larger Bighorns with superior genetics are able to battle like this for quite a long time during the bighorn sheep mating season. Several larger Rams are seen here battling for the right to mate on this day.




Wildlife on Video - Here are the most magnificent Elk Bulls courting during the Elk Rut. When Elk cows comes into estrus, a herd bull performs courting behavior that is different from his herding behavior. The herd bull will approach cows slowly and carefully, with antlers high and tongue flicking, doing everything he can to win her over. If a cow is not ready to mate, she will move away with her head low, weaving her neck side to side and the bull will stop his immediate courting. Cows will tolerate and accept the herd bull’s behavior when they are ready.


Wildlife on Video - The early stages of the Elk Rut in Canada's Rockies - Jasper National Park. These Video Clips are fractions of several days of a Wonderful experience. This particular Bull Elk has aggressively defended His harem from Several other Bulls over the last few days, of which is still quite early for the Elk Rutting Season.


Wildlife on Video - Very Active Elk Bull with His Harem During the Elk Rut




Wildlife on Video - In nature with Canadian Rocky Mountain Bighorn Rams during their rutting season. We were very lucky to witness this Epic Battle between two very gifted Bighorn Rams.




Wildlife on Video - We were lucky to witness this huge bull courting a receptive cow during the Moose Rut. The active peak of rutting season for moose is generally the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later. Moose bulls may court cows for several days during their mating season. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family can often be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favorite bull moose. You can hear some vocalizations between the bull and cow along with seeing some very rare behavior in these gentle giants.




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Viewing Wildlife in their natural habitat can be very exhilarating. Let's keep the chance of wildlife encounters existent for future generations.

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Grizzly
Families

Fiercely protective, Grizzly mothers with cubs often seek out higher elevations to avoid confrontation.

Grizzly Mothers and Cubs