By Daniel Katz, Bow Valley Crag & Canyon
A gray wolf was hit and killed by a vehicle on Highway 93 south in Kootenay National Park on Monday, Sept. 14. (Supplied photo)
At approximately 3 p.m. Parks Canada received a report from a member of the public that the body of a dead wolf was in a ditch 700 metres north of Vermilion Crossing on Highway 93. After assessing the body, Parks Canada staff confirmed that the adult female wolf was struck and killed by a vehicle. There is no wildlife fencing on that stretch of highway.
This is the second wolf mortality recorded in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay parks. The first occurred on July 9, 10 kilometres south of the Weeping Wall on the Icefields Parkway.
Parks Canada said no one witnessed the collision.
“Wildlife-vehicle collisions can result in serious injuries to humans and wildlife and be very traumatic for people involved in the collisions or those witnessing the collision,” said Lindsay McPherson, communications officer for Parks Canada. “We encourage people to take steps to help protect themselves and wildlife while travelling through the mountain parks. Drive to road conditions, obey all posted signs and be extra vigilant with increased traffic and changes in weather. This is especially important at dawn and dusk when animals are at their most active and low light can make them difficult to see.”
Parks said the wolf was not tagged and was not known to them, and otherwise appeared to be in good health.