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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bear Activity: June 24 to June 30

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY.
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park).

For the Period: June 24 to June 30, 2016.

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary.

Happy Canada Day! Berry season has arrived a bit early this year and bears have been spotted in the valley feeding on ripe buffaloberry. The ongoing bear warning at the Nordic Center and the Grassi Lakes area is the result of multiple reports of both black bears and grizzlies snacking on berries on the side of trails.

Bears have also been seen in other areas of the valley including Middle Lake, Three Sisters Creek, the power plant down by the Bow River, Stewart Creek and on several of the highways in the Bow Valley. This Canada Day weekend don’t get caught bear-handed – make sure you have your bear spray with you while hiking and biking!

In other news another grizzly bear was killed last Saturday (June 25th). The adult male grizzly was struck by a train on the tracks in Canmore. For more information on current closures and warnings

Bear Activity: June 17 to June 23

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY.
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park).

For the Period: June 17 to June 23, 2016.

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary.

On Thursday the decision was made to upgrade the warning to a closure on the Legacy Trail between the Travel AB tourist information booth on the west side of Canmore and the East Gate of Banff National Park. The decision was made after there were several reports of grizzly(s) in the area. Wildlife officials were dispatched to monitor the situation. A survey of people using the Legacy Trail on Thursday showed that only 5 of the approximately 150 people wildlife officials spoke to had bear spray with them. Given the close proximity of bears and the lack of preparedness of trail users, officials decided to close the trail and re-direct users to an alternate route. For more information

Bear Activity: June 10 to June 16

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY.
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park).

For the Period: June 10 to June 16, 2016.

Summary.

Bow Valley bears have been spotted all over the Bow Valley this week and have once again been especially busy up at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

In an unusual incident on the Montane Traverse trail this week, a curious black bear followed a group of mountain bikers. The bear did not act aggressively but did follow the bikers as they changed direction several times to avoid it. Eventually the bikers took an alternate route to the highway and the bear did not follow. Be vigilante while on trails, make noise, preferably travel in groups and carry bear spray. Report any encounters with bears to the Kananaskis dispatch @ (403) 591-7755.

To find out about current closures and warnings

Bear Activity: June 3 to June 9

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: June 3 to June 9, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing 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 if you have any comments or concerns.

Summary

Bow Valley bears have been spotted at several locations around town and in the greater Bow Valley this week but have been especially busy up at the Canmore Nordic Centre. There have been multiple reports of black bears and grizzlies enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful trails out at the centre. Remember that when you are out hiking, running or biking to yell before going around corners or charging down hills. When possible go with friends and carry bear spray.

A black bear was struck and killed on Highway #40, south of the TCH, earlier this week. Please obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife on the roads. If you see wildlife, slow down and proceed with caution.

For current closures and warnings

Bear Activity: May 27 to June 2

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: May 27 to June 2, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing 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 if you have any comments or concerns.

Summary

Bow Valley bears have been sighted being bear-ish (acting like normal bears) around town this week. Bears have been sighted at a variety of places including: Silvertip, Cougar Creek, Harvie Heights and at the Canmore Nordic Center. This summer let’s make sure that these encounters remain positive by keeping your yards attractant free, being aware while walking around town, and giving bears their space when you do see them.

Moms and cubs are also out and about. In a sad story this week, a grizzly bear cub was hit by a car and killed on the TCH, just east of Dead Man’s Flats. Remember to take extra caution and slow down when you see wildlife, especially at this time of the year when there are so many newborns running around and playing.

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