Banff campground re-opens after attack
Parks Canada reopened Rampart Creek Campground in Banff National Park on Monday, August 12 following an investigation into an incident in which a wolf attacked a visitor.
Parks Canada stated it was confident that the campground is safe to open, noting DNA test results confirmed that the wolf involved in the attack was the same animal destroyed by Parks Canada staff near the campground shortly after it occurred.
“In rare incidences such as these, the destruction of an individual animal is required to ensure public safety. Veterinary tests have confirmed that the wolf was in poor condition and likely nearing the end of its natural life span. The wolf’s condition was likely a contributing factor for its unusual behaviour and this remains a very rare incident,” Parks Canada outlined in a media release.
Parks Canada asks all park users to continue to practice safe camping practices, obey all camping regulations, keep food and garbage secure at all times, and report wildlife sightings.
Lead image: The Banff – Jasper Parkway. Parks Canada map