Parks Canada staff have killed another wolf that was roaming campgrounds in Banff National Park. Parks Canada officials imposed a tenting ban on the Two Jack Main and Two Jack Lakeside campsites while they searched for the female which was displaying bold behaviour toward people and could not be scared away. About 200 tent campers were moved away from the area as a precaution earlier this week.
Greg Danchuck with Parks Canada tells Global News the wolf was euthanized as a precaution. “None of our people talk any of this very lightly. It’s not what the goal is. But it is also in the best interests of both visitors–for safety–but also for that wolf pack. In that, these are learned behaviours and hopefully by taking some actions that those behaviours aren’t transferred to others.”
Jim Pissot with WildCanada Conservation Alliance says people are to blame. “There’s not enough being done and this wolf pack is on the verge of being eliminated, because of careless people and because of a strapped and inadequate presence by Parks Canada.”
Danchuk says Parks Canada is trying to step up its efforts. “We’re increasing our communication, our education awareness programs with visitors in the campgrounds in hopes that actions will be taken on their part to help these wolves.”
Twenty charges have also been laid against campers for leaving food or garbage out, including eight charges since the weekend. The offence comes with a mandatory court appearance and a maximum fine of $25,000.
Last month, officials put down the alpha female from the pack when she became aggressive seeking food at the Tunnel Mountain campsite.