Parks Canada video catches 1st black bear to use wildlife crossing

Researchers with Parks Canada got a surprise while sorting through some remote camera images taken in the last year.

1st phase of the Kootenay Wildlife Crossings Project was completed last year

Researchers with Parks Canada got a surprise while sorting through remote camera images when they found camera footage of the first black bear using a wildlife crossing. (Parks Canada)

Parks Canada has spent a lot of time and money building wildlife crossings under highways in Kootenay National Park and researchers got a pleasant surprise when they discovered one of the underpasses being used for the first time by a black bear.

The remote cameras caught the bear on June 20 while it meandered under one of the crossing structures.

Parks Canada says it can take years for wildlife to adapt to new crossings like the ones in the park.

Earlier this year, parks staff released a video of a family of wolves using the underpass throughout the winter.

In August, it was announced Parks Canada would receive an additional $9.6 million to complete the second phase of the Kootenay Wildlife Crossings Project.

The construction of the underpasses is also billed as increasing the safety of motorists who drive on the highways.

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