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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bear Activity: May 20 to May 26

(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: May 20 to 26, 2016

Welcome to the first weekly bear reports for 2016!

This year, thanks to your feedback, we’re trying a slightly different format. As always we love to hear from our readers. Please let us know is you have any comments or concerns by responding to this e-mail.


It’s spring and the bears are out and about in the Bow Valley. Bears have been waking up over the last few weeks and are being spotted along highways and trails, feeding on dandelions and other grasses. In an incident near the Kananaskis Lakes, a bear made contact with a tent during the night. No one was injured and no attractants were found in the tent. For more information see the Rocky Mountain Outlook article here. Please remember that you can encounter a bear at any time while recreating outdoors. Be aware of your surroundings, make noise while hiking and biking, when possible travel in groups, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

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