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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Upcoming CPAWS Presentation

Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is hosting an evening here in Canmore about bears! Wildlife biologist Sarah Elmeligi and her research team will be presenting their results regarding bear habitats and associated human risk on the trails, along with an open discussion of the public’s perception of bears.

Bear Activity: August 21 to August 27, 2015

There has been plenty of black bear sightings in the Canmore area this week as a result of the plentiful fruit available on trees this time of year. Fruit should be picked and fallen fruit should be disposed of. An article on the harmful effects of fruit bearing trees can be found on the Rocky Mountain Outlook website. With the abundance of fruit, it is especially important to always carry bear spray even when using the trails in town.

www.rmoutlook.com/article/20150826/RMO0801/308269955/-1/rmo/fruit-trees-an-issue-with-canmore-bear-management

The majority of reports around town came from the Grassi Corridor, Cougar Creek/Eagle Terrace and Silvertip areas while a few came from the Harvie Heights/Benchland and the Canmore Nordic Centre. There has been a lot of black bear activity in other areas of the Bow Valley as well and a warning has been issued for Lac Des Arc due to an abundance of natural food sources within the campground and hamlet . Other sightings were reported from Bow Valley Provincial Park, Heart Creek, Exshaw, YMCA and Gap Hill areas.

The only grizzly bear reported in the Bow Valley this week came from the Three Sisters South and Bow Flats area.

As the end of summer nears, outdoor enthusiasts scramble to plan one last excursion. Remember to manage any bear attractants in campsites and to pack out your garbage if you’re in the backcountry. Make noise and let wildlife know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link: www.wildsmart.ca/news/zones-reference-maps/.

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Bear Activity: August 14 to August 20, 2015

There was plenty of black bear activity in the town of Canmore this week. One was seen in a backyard of Evergreen Circle on the weekend and there were multiple sightings of a black bear with two young cubs between the Spur Line Trail and Riverside Park on Tuesday. This family group was repeatedly spotted in residential yards feeding on crab apples. After attempts were made to push the bears across the Bow River, the sow along with her cubs had to be relocated out of their home range. A more detailed description of Tuesday’s events can be seen on the Rocky Mountain Outlook website using the link below. www.rmoutlook.com/article/20150819/RMO0801/308199985

There has been a lot of black bear activity in other areas as well this week as more food sources are available. There have been reports in Lac Des Arc, Heart Creek, Exshaw, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Yamnuska, YMCA, Quarry/Grassi Lake, Stewart Creek Golf Course and Three Sisters South and Resort .

The radio collared grizzly bears in K-Country remain in the alpine for now. The only grizzly bear reported in the Bow Valley this week came from Yamnuska bluffs.

The incident in the town of Canmore this week should serve as an important reminder to manage any bear attractants including fruit on trees and to always carry bear spray when in bear country, even when using the trails in town. Make noise and let wildlife know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link: www.wildsmart.ca/news/zones-reference-maps/.

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Bear Activity: August 7 to August 13, 2015

There was no reported bear activity in the Town of Canmore this week. The radio collard grizzly bears in K – Ctry remain in the alpine, but alternative sources of food are now available this time of year. Remember to manage any attractants whether they be food and garbage in your campsite or fallen fruit in your yards.

There has been quite a bit of black bear activity this week, with reports in Lac Des Arc, Heart Creek, Three Sisters Resort, Gap Hill, Exshaw, Bow Valley Provincial Park and the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Grizzly bears were also reported in the Canmore Nordic Centre on the Banff, Meadow View and Terminator Trails.

Always remember to carry bear spray where it is quickly accessible rather than in your pack. Make noise and let wildlife know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link: www.wildsmart.ca/news/zones-reference-maps/.

We are interested in your feedback related to these weekly summaries . If you have comments please let us know – it only helps to make the information of greater value.

Bear Activity: July 31 to August6, 2015

There was no reported bear activity in the Town of Canmore this week. Many of the radio collard grizzly bears in K – Ctry are up high in the alpine – possibly a reflection of the relatively sporadic buffaloberry crop. Black bears were reported at the Canmore Nordic Centre, Deadmans Flats, Heart Creek, YMCA, Yamnuska and Bow Valley Prov Park. There was a grizzly bear reportedly hit by a train E of Exshaw but it could not be located nor was it confirmed to be a grizzly bear. Always remember to carry bear spray, even while walking on the trails in Town. Make noise and let wildlife know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link: www.wildsmart.ca/news/zones-reference-maps/.






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