Wildlife in Yoho National Park

The Elk herd wanders into town searching for spring grass to feed on.
The Elk herd wanders into town searching for spring grass to feed on.

There is an abundance of wildlife in Yoho National Park which you may catch a glimpse of during your visit. Large mammals are often the most impressive animals to see, but those with a keen eye will be rewarded by the multitude of small mammals, birds, and insects that make Yoho National Park their home. The best times to see animals are early in the morning, or later in the evening.







Pikas

The small Pika builds its home in the many rock piles of Yoho National Park.
The Pika builds its home in the many rock piles of Yoho National Park. This small adorable animal spends the summer foraging vegetation to form a 'hay pile' for the winter ahead. Their ‘hay pile’ allows them to remain active underneath the snow during the winter months, as Pikas do not hibernate.

Black Bears

A Black Bear cub hides up a tree.
A Black Bear cub hides up a tree.

Grizzly Bears

A well-fed Grizzly Bear during the summer months.
A well-fed Grizzly Bear during the summer months.

Moose

At home in Yoho's marshlands, a Moose feeds on aquatic vegetation.
At home in Yoho's marshlands, a Moose feeds on aquatic vegetation.

Elk

A male Elk is a common sight in Yoho National Park where the herds are protected from hunting.
A male Elk is a common sight in Yoho National Park where the herds are protected from hunting.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goats thrive in Yoho's high alpine.
Mountain Goats thrive in Yoho's high alpine.

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is frequently found along Yoho's rocky trails.

Rufous Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbird is often heard before being seen as it streaks past hikers with brightly coloured clothing.
The Rufous Hummingbird is often heard before being seen as it streaks past hikers with brightly coloured clothing.

Boreal Toad

The only amphibian found in the high mountains of Yoho. It
            is a rare treat to spot this beautifully colour toad.
The only amphibian found in the high mountains of Yoho. It is a rare treat to spot this beautifully colour toad.

Hoary Marmot

The Hoary Marmot, a member of the squirrel family, is easily spotted by hikers who visit the higher alpine regions of Yoho National Park.
The Hoary Marmot, a member of the squirrel family, is easily spotted by hikers who visit the higher alpine regions of Yoho National Park. They often remain very calm in the presence of humans, giving plenty of time for fantastic photo opportunities.