Wildlife

It’s Wild Out There

Mt Norquay’s natural surroundings provide ideal homes for many different species of wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, big horn sheep, deer, wolves, coyotes, marmots, ground squirrels and more.

Mt Norquay sits in the middle of the Cascade-Norquay wildlife corridor, which facilitates the east-west movement of local wildlife in the Bow Valley. This vital wildlife corridor also connects the Forty Mile Corridor, allowing animals to travel north into backcountry areas.

Due to Norquay’s unique location, it spans multiple eco-regions: montane, subalpine and alpine environments. As a result, a wide diversity of plants and animals call Mt Norquay home.

What to Look Out For

Grizzly Bear

Large head, distinctive shoulder hump, long claws and short rounded ears.

Black Bear

No shoulder hump, small head, short claws and tall ears.

Elk

Brown body, darker neck, large tan rump patch and backwards slanting antlers.

Big Horn Sheep

White rump, light brown fur and horns. Males have thick curved horns whilst females have short narrow horns.

Cougar

Large cat, typically with buff-colored throats, chests and bellies and are silver-grey in colour.

Mountain Goat

Narrow black horns, beard and long white hair.

Deer – Mule & White-Tailed

White-tailed deer are a tan colour with a white underside tail that is held erect like a flag when alarmed. Mule deer have a black tip on their tail, large ears, white rump and are grey in colour.

Coyote

Medium-sized dog with a thick bushy tail and greyish-brown in colour.

Wolf

Built like a large German shepherd, with longer legs with colours varying from white to black.

Ground Squirrel

Tan-coloured with a longer body. Has a high-pitched “squeak”.

Marmot

Large and silver-brown in colour with longer hair.

For more information on wildlife in the National Park, check out the Parks Canada website.