Deadly Highway: Road and Rail Fatalities are Decimating Jasper Park’s Wildlife

By Steph Weizenbach / 28 January 2022


Protected from hunting year-round, Jasper’s elk have lost their fear of humans, and tend to concentrate along highways and in the townsite. There are two main reasons for this: they are attracted by grassy clearings, and there are fewer wolves here than in the backcountry. However, the elk’s anti-predator strategy of staying near human habituation increases the risk of colliding with vehicles and trains.

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