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Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 6:55 a.m.

Hikers disturb wildlife in parks, study says

Hikers approach McArthur Lake, one of the most popular dayhikes in the Lake O'Hara area of Yoho National Park. (Rich Landers)
Hikers approach McArthur Lake, one of the most popular dayhikes in the Lake O'Hara area of Yoho National Park. (Rich Landers)

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- A study done in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks in Alberta and British Columbia found that even one hiker an hour on trails in those parks sent predators and prey scurrying.

However, elk and other herbivores were not as deterred by hikers as were wolves.

Read the Toronto Globe report.
 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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