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Black City: Wildlife

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Can't they count! Three moose walk along the shores of Two Moose Lake.

Grizzly Bear.

Grizzly Bear.

Dall sheep.

Dall sheep.

Caribou calf.

Caribou calf.

Wolf track.

Wolf track.

To the casual highway traveller, the Blackstone Uplands can seem beautiful but bleak and forbidding. But for aboriginal people, this was an important part of our homeland: an area rich in resources and an excellent base for hunting, trapping and fishing.

The rivers supply grayling and Dolly Varden.

The Blackstone Uplands support a broad range of wildlife, including five large mammals.

The Porcupine Caribou Herd sometimes winters here while the Hart River Herd lives nearby year-round. Moose move here from the valleys in autumn. On the hillsides, you can see grizzly bears and black bears.

Wolves, wolverine, foxes, marten, otters and short-tailed weasels (ermine) live here. They prey on smaller animals such as snowshoe hares, red squirrels, collared pika, Arctic ground squirrels and the tiny rodents: shrews and voles. In ponds and rivers, you may see beaver, muskrats and otters.

The rocky slopes and outcroppings shelter hoary marmots, Arctic ground squirrels and collared pikas.