LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - There's a new cat in town and she's got her kitten in tow.
A lynx mother and her baby have been hanging around the Alberta resort town of Lake Louise in Banff National Park for about a month now.
The usually shy wild cats have even been spotted on the Lake Louise ski hill.
Parks Canada has released some photos snapped by one of its employees who was helping to keep the lynx off the highway.
The pictures show an incredibly agile and flexible animal slinking its way through a wire fence.
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"These are incredibly rare photos of a lynx and her kitten climbing through the highway fence along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park," said a statement posted in the Banff National Park Facebook page, adding the animals were safely removed from the highway by a wildlife specialist.
"While the fence has reduced collisions with large mammals by 80% (96% for elk and deer) it isn't perfect. This is definitely cause to be vigilant and to observe the speed limit in the park."
The park says it will learn from the incident and disseminate that information to conservation specialist.
"We'll be sharing these observations with the rest of the conservation community and using what we've learned when evaluating the highway fence in the future."
Parks officials say lynx sighting have been extremely rare, but this year is considered to be a peak year for the animals.
"In addition to the remarkable photos, this is a good news story that highlights how the public can assist with wildlife conservation in our national parks," Parks Canada spokesman Omar McDadi said in a release.
"A number of calls were made by the public to our ... dispatch line, prompting an immediate response from our conservation officer, who was able to secure the area of the highway where the lynx were present and help to keep them off the road until they eventually disappeared into the forest."