The West Kootenays are well known for their diversity of wild animals. It is not rare that hikers sight mountain goats, elk, whitetail and mule deer, moose, mountain sheep, black bears and even grizzlies. Sightings of the shy wolves, coyotes and cougars however are very rare.
Sometimes one can watch black bears and mountain sheep out of the car. Especially in spring and early summer bears move into the valleys to feed on green herbs along the highways. Mountain sheep leave their mountain home to lick remaining salt from winter dispersion on the highway surface.
Beavers are the greatest builders in the animal world. They change landscapes and create ideal living conditions for many other animal species. Slocan River hosts the cute otters again and it is a wonderful experience to watch them play, fish and socialize.
From own security interests but also in regards of wilderness ethics it should be natural that one never approaches and hassles wild animals despite the best photo shoot opportunity.
If you encounter bears and cougars unexpectedly stay calm and move slowly away from the animal by watching it. Never run away, this awakes the predator’s natural instinct to hunt. In general dangerous encounters with wild animals are extremely rare, if one respects some few rules how to behave in nature.
Most of our guests call it the highlight of their stay to sight a bear and even more if being able to have taken a photo.
Our guests find books and brochures about the animal world in Haus Lemon Creek and Haus Beaver Castle.
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