Visitors to Banff are being reminded again to stay clear of wildlife after a group of tourists cornered a deer in the town on Friday.
Six people were photographed just steps away from a mule deer on the busy main street, Spray Avenue, The Calgary Herald reports. The tourists had their cameras raised, and some were standing close to the deer's hind legs.
Deer may seem docile but that does not mean the animals should be approached.
"Deer can become surprisingly aggressive in protecting themselves and their young," states Alberta Environment and Parks. Mule deer weigh an average of 220 kilograms (485 pounds), and have large pointed antlers.
Elk in particular can be especially dangerous to approach in September, as autumn is the species' breeding season and males might be in the mood for a fight.
The Alberta government suggests that as a precautionary measure you should never approach wildlife, as it both stresses out the animals and can create run-ins if they become accustomed to people.
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