June 6, 2014 7:11 pm

Banff Park officials warn the public about aggressive elk

Ray Schmidt/Parks Canada

Parks Canada says its staff are resorting to a unique method of keeping people in Banff safe during calving season for elk.

They say female elk tend to be very protective this time of year and as a result,  have had to move babies that are too close to homes and buildings using a “scoop and run” technique.

A team will distract the mother while another person scoops up the calf and moves it to a safe location.

A heavy snowpack in the mountains is drawing animals lower into the valley where there is more to eat.

Earlier this week park officials sent out an advisory about bears in the townsite of Banff National park.

Anyone that spots a bear or elk in the area is asked to contact the Banff Dispatch Centre which is open 24/7.

Contact Banff Dispatch Centre

 

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