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Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Canada_WC1 - Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver: The raccoon is a medium sized mammal native to North America. The original habitat of the raccoon are the forested areas of North America, however they are vary adaptable and now inhabit a wide range of habitats including city parks, gardens and urban areas.
Canada_WC2 - Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver: Raccoons are typically nocturnal, however, in areas where humans feed them or there are other available food sources they may be active during daylight hours.They will eat a whole range of different foods, including insects and worms in Spring and Summer, with fruit and nuts being the preferred option during the autumn months.
Canada_WC3 - Raccoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver: The increasing number of raccoons in urban areas has resulted in diverse reactions in humans, ranging from outrage at their presence to deliberate feeding. Many people consider Raccoons a pest. While overturned waste containers and raided fruit trees are just a nuisance to homeowners, it can cost several thousand dollars to repair damage caused by the use of attic space as dens.
Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park.
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park.
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park.
Canada_WC4 - Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park: The mountain goat is an even-toed ungulate of the order Artiodactyla. Mountain goats are the largest mammals found at high altitude within their range, typically above 4,000 meters. Although, they may descend to sea level during winter or to locate a mineral lick which may form part of their daily routine
Canada_WC5 - Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park: Kids are born in the spring (late May or early June) after a six month gestation period. Although they are mostly weaned within one month, kids follow their mothers closely for the first year of life. Nannies protect their young by leading them out of danger, standing over them when faced by predators, and positioning themselves below their kids on steep slopes to stop free falls.
Canada_WC6 - Mountain Goat, Jasper National Park: In the wild, mountain goats usually live twelve to fifteen years, with their life span limited by the wearing down of their teeth. Mountain goats are herbivores and spend most of their time grazing on grass, herbs, sedges, ferns moss or lichen.
Columbian Ground Squirrel, Banff National Park.
Columbian Ground Squirrel, Banff National Park.
Columbian Ground Squirrel
Columbian Ground Squirrel, Banff National Park.
Canada_WC7 - Columbian Ground Squirrel, Banff National Park: The Columbian Ground Squirrel has a range restricted to the central Rocky Mountains of North America, from lower Idaho north to the mid B.C. and Alberta. They are reported at elevations of 215 to 2435 m (700 to 8000 ft). in pastures, valley bottoms, rocky slopes and alpine meadows.
Canada_WC8 - Columbian Ground Squirrel, Jasper National Park: This is the largest Alberta ground squirrel which can be identified from the similar Richardson's ground squirrel by its rusty colour that surrounds its nose and can extend to it's undersides.
Canada_WC9 - Columbian Ground Squirrel, Banff National Park: It is a diurnal, colonial, subterranean species. It digs an extensive network of tunnels, which vary from 3 to 18 m feet in length and has an average of a dozen entrances.
Bighorn Sheep, Banff National Park.
Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep, Banff National Park.
Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel.
Canada_WC10 - Bighorn Sheep, Banff National Park: Bighorn sheep are a North American species with large curved horns. The horns can weigh up to 30 pounds / 14 kilograms. They live in herds and can form large groups around natural salt licks which form part of their dietary requirements.
Canada_WC11 - Bighorn Sheep, Jasper National Park: Bighorn sheep graze on vegetation, varying between grass in the summer when it is accessible, and shrubs during the winter periods when there is snow cover. The rocky mountain Bighorn sheep (pictured) is the provincial mammal of Alberta, Canada.
Canada_WC12 - Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel: The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is a type of ground squirrel that lives in all types of forest in North America. It eats seeds, nuts, berries and insects. Like the similar looking Chipmunk, the Golden Mantled ground squirrel has cheek pouches that allow them to transport food back to their nests and still run at full speed.
WElk, Banff National Park.
Groundhog
Black Bear, Jasper National Park.
Elk
WElk, Banff National Park.
Canada_WC13 - Elk, Banff National Park: The Elk is one of the largest species of deer in the world, only surpassed in size by the moose. Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced.
Canada_WC14 - Black Bear, Jasper National Park: The Black Bear is North America's smallest and most common species of Bear. Black bears typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food which means they are sighted more often than other bear species.
Canada_WC15 - Elk, Banff National Park: Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females
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