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Grizzly, wild horses, baby owlets and more: Photos catch wildlife shaking off winter doldrums

There's a fox with half a tail, a grizzly that might be Banff's infamous 'The Boss,' bald eagles and baby owlets, elk and horses — all emerging from their winter doldrums as spring breaks out across the foothills in photographer Rick Price's images.

Southern Alberta photographer Rick Price uses telephoto lens and keeps his distance from animals

A grizzly believed to be Bear 122 or 'The Boss' prowls near Old Banff Road recently. Parks Canada recommends photographers stay at least 100 metres from bears to stay safe and so the animals won't get used to humans and have to be killed. (Rick Price Photography)

There's a grizzly believed to be "The Boss."

There's a fox with half a tail.

There are bald eagles and baby owlets, elk and horses, all emerging from their winter doldrums as spring breaks out across the foothills.

Southern Alberta wildlife photographer Rick Price spent some time shooting photos on April 4 in Jasper and the 20th near Banff and shared them with CBC. Price doesn't disclose his exact whereabouts to spare the wildlife from Instagram-happy iPhone shooters.

Here's a small sample.

A bighorn sheep races down a slope near Banff earlier this month. (Rick Price Photography)

Price — who ran a photo studio in Red Deer for 35 years — uses a telephoto lens and keeps his distance from animals including a grizzly he suspected was "The Boss," known as the biggest, baddest bear in Banff National Park.

The Boss, also known as Bear 122, has been known to eat other bears and even survived being hit by a train

Parks Canada recommends photographers stay at least 100 metres — the equivalent of 10 bus lengths — from bears, unless you're inside a vehicle, and 30 metres from other large species.

It's also important to keep your distance so the animals don't become habituated to humans — a dangerous situation that might force Parks staff to put them down. (Parks also wants to remind shutterbugs that it's illegal to be on railroad tracks.)

Fox with half a tail, above, contrasted with a fox with a whole tail below. (Rick Price Photography)
A horse shakes off the snow near Sundre, Alta. (Rick Price Photography)
An owl photographed earlier this month. (Rick Price Photography)
An osprey skips the dishes with his fishes. (Rick Price Photography)
A horse near Banff. (Rick Price Photography)
 
A full moon over Jasper National Park. (Rick Price Photography)

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Stephen Hunt

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Stephen Hunt is a digital writer at the CBC in Calgary. Email: stephen.hunt@cbc.ca

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