Finally…a cougar!

Cougar on Bobcat trail. Photo by Alf Skrastins

We’ve had many wildlife photos submitted over the years, but never a cougar…until today. The photo was taken by Alf Skrastins at West Bragg Creek.

Alf remarked… “As you can imagine, I was a bit too busy getting my bear spray out to take a second photo with better focus. And when it decided to go up into the forest above the trail, I was happy enough to go in the opposite direction.

The photo was taken on the Bobcat trail.

I did see a bobcat crossing one of the ski runs at Nakiska on Saturday, but it disappeared too quickly for me to get a photo.”

Chuck was skiing at Moraine Lake road today and took 13 excellent photos including the spectacular shot of the Valley of Ten Peaks below.  

The view from Moraine Lake road. Photo by Chuck

Below is a gallery of photos of the animals we’ve seen:

Who made these tracks?

Update: Our expert tracker, Barb Banff, thinks they are wolverine.  The animal tracks running for a couple kilometres along Tyrwhitt were causing a lot of consternation among the skiers today. We’ve heard on the trip reports that they could be bear tracks, but it would have to be an awfully…

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Footprints we enjoy seeing on the trail

You’ve read the trip reports extolling the perfect conditions on the new tracksetting on Whiskey Jack, Upper Pocaterra, and Packers. I can vouch for the incredibly wonderful conditions. Today’s skiing will go into the log book as a “best day.” They don’t get any better.

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Who made these tracks?

I made the ski tracks, but who made the ones beside me? This is in PLPP today where the temperature was rather pleasant this afternoon. I’ll post an update later tonight. In the mean time, you can agonize over these photos.

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Who made these tracks?

I received these photos and remarks from Kinga… “I came across some tracks on skogan loop yesterday afternoon, on a flatter section close to the junction with skogan pass (going ccw). I’m having a tough time identifying the animal. I know lynx are more common but these are quite large….

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A “wild” start to 2020

If you want to see where Chuck took the photo of the pine marten, and a video of the pine marten, Chuck’s photos.  Be sure to read the captions on Chuck’s photos. They’re not just informative, but often quite humorous.  This would be an opportune time to take a look…

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Who made these tracks?

Hi Bob We saw these tracks on Saturday making our way up to the Kananaskis Lookout The large one is approx. 3” to 3-1/2” across No visible claws with in the print?! Was thinking cat family The pattern has me stumped Any idea what they are?  -Deb

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Saturday night update

With this update, I’m displaying some additional photos which are now included with the “Wild Animals Along the Ski Trail” post. We like reading multiple reports for the same trail, so just because you’ve already seen a trip report

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