Banff Overpass Wolf Attack on Female Elk Caught On Camera

Image Courtesy of Christopher Martin Photography

Banff Wolf Pack Hunting - © Christopher Martin-1605

Of Course, this is at once a tough and extraordinary photograph to look at.  On Sunday morning Feb. 21, a pack of four grey wolves were seen and photographed making a kill on a railroad overpass in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. The wolf pack held the female elk at the middle of the overpass while simultaneously taking turns lunging and biting at the back, face and neck of the defensive elk. According to Martin, photographer on the scene, the pack was able to take down the elk twice although both times she was able to get back on her feet. It was the third take down that made the kill.

Officials from Banff National Park were called out to the location in order to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of the wolves. The pack feasted on the carcass for about 45 minutes before the park officials decided to move in and remove the remainder of the elk off the side of the railroad tracks. The wolves were reported to be appropriately skittish while disappearing into woods as the rangers approached their kill.

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