Historical Wildlife Photos From Across Alberta

Anyone who has been following my posts closely knows I have a passion for wildlife and taking wildlife photos. I have dedicated several stories to both of these subjects including, the Bison returning to Banff National Park, my harrowing encounter with a Spruce Grouse, the annual salmon migration in BC, Canadian Geographic’s proposal for a national bird, the pitfalls of remote wildlife cameras, an interview with a local wildlife photographer, Golden’s pride and joy Boo the Grizzly Bear, and Calgary’s urban coyote population, among others. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have another post dedicated to wildlife photography, although this one is a bit different than all the others.

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Man with two pet moose calves, Northern Alberta, 1885-1888

With permission from the Glenbow Archives, I have put together 25 historical photos featuring wildlife from across this province. I found each of the photos interesting in their own way, like who knew there were yaks in Banff in the early 1900’s? I am assuming they were used for domestic purposes, but still I had no idea and it’s not something you see today.

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Deer in Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1911

Additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on each photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from Alberta. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Squirrel, Edmonton, Alberta, 1914
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Beaver, Edmonton, Alberta,, 1914
Rattle snake, Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1906
Elk, Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1906-1914
Goat on mountain cabin, Banff area, Alberta, 1910-1918
Pheasant near Banff, Alberta, 1910-1918
Bear near cabin, Banff, Alberta, 1910-1918
Yak at Banff, Alberta, 1910-1918
Moose in Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1910
Elk in Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1910
Antelope in Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1910
Buffalo in Banff National Park, Alberta, 1890s
Millie Wilson with tame antelope, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
Badger at Springfield Ranch, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
Coyote crouching in the snow, Springfield Ranch, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
Porcupine in a tree, Springfield Ranch, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
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Baby hawks in nest on Springfield Ranch, Beynon area, Alberta, 1900
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Bull buffalo in Buffalo Park, Banff, Alberta, 1904
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Lynx, Mountain View, Alberta, 1918
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Warden D. Davison and his pet elk “Maud”, Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1920s
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Grizzly bear, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, 1920s
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Herd of 5000 buffalo, Buffalo National Park near Wainwright, Alberta, 1920
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Man carrying bear cub, Jasper, Alberta, 1925
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Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness- based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.