Along the roadside close to Jasper, we were lucky enough to see a black bear. Foraging in the rough ground, eating roots and grass, she must have been extremely hungry after the long, hard winter.
A number of cars drew up for a closer look. At one point the bear became quite curious and approached our car and also the car behind full of excited Koreans.
It is estimated there are some 400k black bears in Canada and that, despite hunting, the population is growing. In wilderness areas, their diet is about 95% vegetation and about 5% insects, mammals and birds. They are extremely dexterous; capable of taking tops off jars and breaking into cars with stored food.