There is a huge problem at Banff NP because of the 4-lane Trans-Canada highway that bisects the Park. There are also way too many elk in the Bow River Valley near the town of Banff.

An experiment is underway to try to make fences and highway underpasses tilted in favor of elk predators.

Use of underpass fencing sets up Banff elk for predators. Officials hope experiment will reduce numbers. Cathy Ellis, Calgary Herald

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to At Banff highway underpass fences designed to help predators kill elk

  1. avatar Monty says:

    Does anyone have an opinion as to why wolves in Baniff are not killing more elk? Wolves do not seem to have the problem in other places.

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