Wildlife of the Month: Bobcat

Bobcats are a rare sight, but it seems that recently they’ve been spotted more often in the Whiteshell. In fact they’ve even been making the news. Sadly, an injured bobcat was found in Falcon Lake in mid-January and was taken to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg to undergo surgery. The good news is the young female bobcat is making a recovery and is expected to be released into nature again. The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been accepting donations to cover the cost of the surgery.

Here’s a few great photos of a bobcat (not the injured bobcat) in the Whiteshell that have been captured by wildlife photographer Anne Klassen:

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Wildlife of the Month: Black Bears (Part I)

You don’t see them everyday, but black bears are often sighted in the Whiteshell rummaging around for berries, scaling up trees, and, on occasion, swimming over to an island. These large animals are an important part of the ecosystem in the Whiteshell or, as wildlife photographer Anne Klassen likes to refer to them as, the ‘farmers of the forest’. They also happen to be Klassen’s favourite animal to photograph. Black bears will spend most of their waking hours in search of food before their hibernation time, which is usually in mid-October. Since these animals will soon be going into hibernation for the next six months (approximately), Experience the Whiteshell is featuring black bears as the October Wildlife of the Month. Take a last glimpse at these beautiful and powerful animals in a series of photographs captured by Anne Klassen, before they hit the snooze button for the winter.
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Please remember to always be bear smart in the Whiteshell: Never leave garbage around and never approach or feed the bears. 

Wilflife of the Month: The Loon

There’s nothing that says lake living more than the lonely call of a loon on a glass calm evening. With summer nearing an end, there won’t be much longer that we will be able to hear that beautiful sound. Which is why we are featuring wildlife photographer Anne Klassen’s stunning loon images in our ‘Wildlife of the Month’ feature:

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Whiteshell Through the Lens: Anne Klassen Wildlife Photography

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Whether it’s a bald eagle soaring through a bluebird sky, a wolf running across a frozen snow-covered lake, or three tiny black bear cubs scrambling up a tree, the breathtaking photo opportunities in the Whiteshell Provincial Park are second to none. If there’s anyone who knows how to capture these moments through a camera lens, it’s Manitoba wildlife photographer Anne Klassen.

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Anne Klassen’s passion lies in tracking down different forms of wildlife for the perfect photo opportunity. The self taught photographer got into wildlife photography as a hobby about 15 years ago, although she’s had a strong interest in it her entire life.

The Whiteshell Provincial Park is Klassen’s #1hotspot to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments. While she isn’t a cottager in the Whiteshell, Klassen always stops in year round’ to visit her favourite remote photography locations. Dressed in camouflage and sitting in a blind for hours on end, Klassen finds tracks these photo opportunities much like a hunter, except the only shooting going on is through a camera lens.

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Out of all the wildlife Klassen has come into close contact with, her all-time favourite animal to photograph are black bears in the Whiteshell. You may have seen some of Klassen’s black bear photography prints available for purchase at Keystone Resort in West Hawk Lake. If you are interested in purchasing any prints of Klassen’s photos, give her a call at 1-(204)-224-5188 or send her an e-mail at chico@mts.net.

 Experience the Whiteshell  will be showcasing Klassen’s work in our ‘Wildlife of the Month’ feature. Be sure to check back each month to see what incredible moment in the Whiteshell this wildlife photographer has captured.

Article by Marney Blunt, Experience the Whiteshell editor.