Wildlife

SUMMARY: Peter Fenton, technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, talks about the challenge of working in Yoho National Park, where wild animals can sometimes make life difficult. (1:16)

campsite
DESCRIPTION: campsite

"The more adventurous time is when we're actually camped in the quarry. And that can be a little bit dangerous. You are just in tents, perched on the side of the mountain, and the whole mountain, if you can imagine is just covered with really loose pieces of rock."

goats near campsite
DESCRIPTION: goats near campsite

"Some are fairly small, like dinner plate size, others are very large.  And all the time you're living there, you have mountain goats. And I don't think they purposely try to knock the rocks down on you,"

repairing tent
DESCRIPTION: repairing tent

"but we've had many occasions where rocks have gone through tents, into tents, which is a bit nerve-wracking when it happens in the middle of the night."

bear fence surrounding tents
DESCRIPTION: bear fence surrounding tents

"We do have bears. We have had to erect a bear fence around the camp. It's a solar-powered electric fence. So if a bear comes and touches it with its nose, it gets a shock."

Peter Fenton on camera, showing bear spray
DESCRIPTION: Peter Fenton on camera, showing bear spray

"We carry bear spray. It's a pepper spray, kind of like Mace. Because we're working in a National Park, we are not allowed to carry firearms. In other parts of the country, when we do field work we will carry firearms for protection. I don't think anybody in the museum has ever had to shoot anything. We tend to just make a lot of noise with them and it scares most of the animals away."

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