CORRIDORS FOR CRITTERS: PRESERVING CONNECTIVITY IN THE BOW VALLEY: 51.089231, -115.360266
CORRIDORS FOR CRITTERS: PRESERVING CONNECTIVITY IN THE BOW VALLEY
Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country provide vital core sanctuaries for populations of ungulates and carnivores. The perseverance of these populations requires the regular exchange of genes between individuals. The Bow River Valley is the only conduit for ensuring this exchange by providing pathways where individual bears, wolves, cougars, elk, moose and others can travel between protected landscapes.
Although much of the valley is included in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, some of the most important valley bottom lands -- those most suitable for wildlife movement -- are in private hands and are vulnerable to development that will prevent wildlife movement and/or increase the likelihood of conflicts that result in wildlife deaths.