While driving to Maligne Lake over the holidays, my friend Kevin and I came upon this scene. There were two cars on the road, each going in opposite directions and each was parked in the middle of their respective lanes, making it impossible to pass. As we came upon them, we weren't sure what was causing the hold up, but—considering we were in Jasper—we figured it was wildlife of one kind or another. What we didn't expect, though, was to find the cars were stopped because bighorn sheep were busy licking them, so they couldn't move along.
Sheep usually use natural salt licks to replenish mineral deficiencies, so, in a way it's no shock that, at the first opportunity, the sheep stepped in the way of moving traffic to lick the highway salt off the vehicles, but I can honestly say this was the first time I had ever encountered such an event. Beyond the ram pictured above, there were at least a dozen more huddled around another vehicle on the road. It was quite the sight. One that is truly unique to the Jasper experience. It's moments like this one that remind me why I live in this weird little place.
Have you had any interesting wildlife encounters lately?