'Wildlife paparazzi' baiting wolves: Park officials

Pictures taken by park visitor Andrea Rapcewicz on July 9, on Hwy. 93 South in Kootenay National...

Pictures taken by park visitor Andrea Rapcewicz on July 9, on Hwy. 93 South in Kootenay National Park of a wolf-feeding incident. Visitors had pulled over and were apparently feeding the wolf rice cakes.

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

CALGARY -- The perfect picture is not worth an animal’s life, say park officials in Banff.

Parks Canada staff believe at least one wildlife photographer may be to blame for setting out food that lured a wolf to the edge of Hwy. 1A Sunday morning.

“One of our park wardens was on patrol along the Bow Valley Parkway in the Moose Meadows area,” said Steve Michel, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Banff National Park.

“He came across a wolf feeding on some discarded human food on the shoulder of the road and there were some private vehicles parked nearby and they had some wildlife photographers in them and they were taking some photos.”

The food included a turkey carcass and some stew, said Michel.

“It didn’t appear to the park warden it was accidental, it appeared it had been put out intentionally for the purpose of attracting wildlife.

“This is very disturbing for us.

“We haven’t had to destroy any wolves in Banff National Park for over a decade, but the last times we did, in both instances, it was a result of wolves that had become food conditioned.”


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