Elk to be moved out of Banff

Beginning early in the new year, more than a hundred elk will be relocated from Banff townsite. It's a move to restore the national park's natural ecology and cut down on confrontations with humans.

Tourists sometimes mistakenly think the wild animals are docile. In recent years, the number of incidents involving aggressive elk has steadily increased. Parks Canada officials are now building corrals and the relocation program is expected to get underway in January. They will move about 150 elk to other areas of the park.

The program is part of a move by Heritage Minister Sheila Copps to restore Banff National Park to the way is was a century ago.