Nature + Environment

Having Sex For a Month Straight is No Bull

The Rut is on baby! And in celebration of Elk Rut 2013, Niki Wilson shares an open letter to bull elk.

Two Biologists and a Boy: The Long Way Home

A couple of weeks ago, a young male elk ran us off the trail. It was the first time I’’ve been threatened by an animal while hiking with my son Dylan, and the only time I’’ve ever popped the safety off of my bear spray. It happened when Dylan and I were hiking with a friend, Tracy, and her daughter,…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: When an Animal Loses Her Young

I haven’’t really seen my husband Geoff for about three days. With the snow low on the mountains animals are forced into the valley bottoms, where they’’re running into people all over the place. These “interactions” are keeping Geoff – wildlife conflict specialist with Parks Canada – pretty busy. During a ten minute cross-over at breakfast this morning he told me…

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Two Biologists and A Boy: Running the Elk

Dylan and his cousin, Drew, watch from the front step as Geoff grabs the “elk stick”  – a hockey stick with multi-coloured plastic strips taped to the blade – and confidently moves toward the ornery bull elk. A member of Parks Canada’s wildlife conflict team, Geoff has a lot of experience with this sort of thing. It’’s the fall rut,…

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