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Bou’s Trip to the Wild West!

Bou the woodland caribou arrived in Southern Alberta just in time for two large summer celebrations! To kick it all off, Bou took part in the Calgary Stampede by attending the “greenest Stampede Breakfast” in the city at Community Natural Foods. Being the only caribou in a sea of cowboy hats, Bou was a huge hit! The brave caribou trudged through the sun and heat and mingled with the long line of Calgarians awaiting their pancakes.

The following weekend, the action continued at Parks Day. Bou represented her caribou brothers and sisters across Canada in celebrating Canada’s parks and wild ecosystems. At the Kananskis Parks Day, Bou enjoyed the festivities along with other Albertans and other visitors from other provinces. She even got the chance to meet visitors from numerous other countries coming to Canada for the first time. 

Having Bou for Parks Day in Alberta was especially significant this year. With the release of the CPAWS Parks Report, there has been a growing awareness in protecting the ecological integrity of Canada’s parks and protected areas. Bou was momentous in getting peoples’ attention on stopping the commercial development at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. The Maligne caribou herd is a prime example of a struggling group of wildlife, and the protection of Jasper is of up most concern to Albertans and Canadians everywhere.

Although Bou was often mistaken as a moose or elk, she gave a new appreciation for caribou populations everywhere. With the help of one friendly caribou, CPAWS Southern Alberta was better equipped to get the word out about keeping Jasper wild and protecting Canada’s land, water, and wildlife!

Bou is hoping to have the same impact in Manitoba, where it will spend the next few weeks. Good luck Bou!