After a long break for the winter Animal Prints is back on the road.
Our first road trip of the year took us to Waterton National Park right here in Alberta Canada. The weather forecast wasn't looking good with a lot of rain on the way but we had a hotel room booked and really needed to get away for a few days.
We made a quick stop in at the Bison Paddock to see this years bison calves and headed into the park.
Within an hour of getting to the park we had already seen our first bear, a beautiful cinnamon colored black bear that walked across the road right in front of us. Despite the constant rain we knew it was going to be good day. By mid-afternoon we had already seen ten bears including two small cubs sleeping on some branches thirty feet up a tree while mom fed by the roadside.
That evening we stopped by the Prince of Wales hotel as there had been a story on the news a week earlier about some fox kits who had been orphaned when their mother was hit by a car. As it turned out three of the four were still alive and the father was feeding them and taking care of them. The late hour and the perimeter set up by Parks Canada failed to help me get any great pictures but I did manage get a few good ones.
The next morning we woke up to snow instead of the rain. An early drive netted us some shots of a large Big Horn Sheep ram high up on a hill side. We saw a couple more bears but they were too far up the hill or too hidden in the bushes to get any good pictures.
The highlight of trip came later on Sunday however when we stopped in Claresholm to visit a relative and were tipped off about the whereabouts of another fox den. By this time the weather and lighting were perfect and we spent about half an hour taking LOTS of pictures of this family of seven gorgeous fox kits.
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