Wildlife

"What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected."
                                                                   - Chief Seattle

Modified January 25, 2008

Wildlife

We have seen moose, mink, bear, coyotes, fox, squirrels. loons, eagles, osprey, snapping turtles, and even a cougar during our fishing expeditions. They are there for us to observe and enjoy and not to exploit. We recommend that you never feed wildlife so they forever remain wild and self reliant.

<-- Osprey

The most troublesome wildlife we encountered were actually squirrels who invaded our food supplies, eating our homemade brownies and our bread. They had chewed though our plastic storage container in the middle of the night. They were difficult and very determined to eat at will at our expense. We were in a remote location and had no extra food to share.

Bears

Bear attacks are a only slight concern as they are relatively rare. But it is always best to be prepared for the unlikely and know what to do if it occurs. We have never been troubled by bears even when other camper's had in the same camp site. We take care not to discard food scraps where it can attract bears. We also "mark" our territory. to let the bear know that another predator claims this space.

All animals are opportunists but will try to avoid conflict if they can, preferring to go for the easy meal. We do smell like a meat eater to wildlife because we are.

Please read "Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance" by Steven Herraro. This book is the most definitive study on bear attacks that I have ever read. There is too much misinformation circulating about by supposed "experts".

Protect yourself, get the real story in this fine book. You can find it in your local library.

Parks Canada has a very fine web site telling you how to handle a bear attack:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/visit12_E.asp#3

The advice then give is compatible with Steven Herraro's research. Be aware, be informed, be safe.

Moose cows are generally what one sees in the shallows eating vegetation. They are huge animals and somewhat nearsighted. We only approach slowly and cautiously to take a picture and leave quickly. We do not invade the moose's personal space. You can tell when the creature get nervous of your approach

We have never seen a bull moose in all our trips to Canada. A mother moose is very protective of her calf. If she sees you as a threat to her offspring, she will charge. Never approach a moose calf as momma is nearby. Respect all wildlife.


Mink 

American minks, Mustela vision, are in the weasel family. Their color ranges from brown to nearly black. Minks can have white fur on the chin, belly and chest. The neck is rather long. The face is flat and pointed. The tail is long and bushy. It makes up approximately a third of the whole body length.

American Minks are territorial and primarily solitary animals. Males are known to be intolerant of one another. They mark the boundaries of their territory by means of musky secretions. American Minks are excellent swimmers, divers and climbers. 

 

 

 


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