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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Bear Activity: July 22 to July 28

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

For the Period: July 22 to July 28, 2016.

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary.

Bow Valley bears are still busy eating berries…

Bears and Berries

By late July, most people already know that bears are out and about in the Bow Valley. You may have also read about a bear who, while defending her cubs, attacked two people in Waiparous on Tuesday. In another incident on Wednesday evening two bikers encountered a bear on the Lowline Trail in Canmore. One of […]

Bear Activity: July 15 to July 21

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

For the Period: July 15 to July 21, 2016.

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary.

Several close encounters to report this week. A bear, defending her cubs, attacked two people in Waiparous on Tuesday. In another incident

Bear Activity: July 8 to July 14 – REVISED CORRECTION

*** The previous 2 versions of this report were incorrect due to technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience. ***

Bow Valley bears have been busy chowing down this week. With berry season in full swing they are ready to eat, eat, eat, until the end of summer! Bears getting into fruit trees etc. become a public safety concern and will often be relocated out of the valley. Last year there were 9 black bears relocated and 1 black bear euthanized because they were accessing unnatural foods in the valley. Let’s try to keep our bears safe and wild this year. Remove ripe fruit and vegetables from your yard as soon as possible. When planting trees, choose non-fruiting trees. Bears that don’t have access to our food, garbage and fruit trees, stay wild!

We’ve also talked a lot about bikes and bears this summer and there is a good reason for that. This week there have been several close encounters between cyclists, runners and bears. There were several reports of people coming within meters of bears while participating in these high speed sports. Sometimes these encounters are unavoidable but often these encounters can be prevented by being loud while biking and running, being aware of your surroundings, not wearing headphones, keeping your dog on a leash and in case you do meet a bear, carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it.

Current Closures and Warnings

-The elk closure in the Benchlands is still in effect.

-A bear warning at Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park area, including the Canmore Nordic Centre provincial Park. The warning for Grassi Lakes has been lifted but please be aware that bears can be seen anywhere and at anytime.

-A bear warning at the Yamnuska Day Use Area and Yamnuska Mountain Trail

-Two bear warnings out towards the Stewart Creek Golf Course: one on the Old Sisters Haul Road and the other on the “Quebexican” bike trail to Wind Valley where a bear was reported to have chased a biker.

Additional bear warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our human-bear conflict summary map.

The information above is based upon a compilation of bear information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public over the last week. It is not intended to be used as a real time, complete record of where bears are in the valley.

Bear Activity: July 1 to July 7

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

For the Period: July 1 to July 7, 2016.

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

We love to hear from our readers. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.

Summary.

The first week of July has been a challenge for Bow Valley bears. In total three bears were struck and killed on highways in the Bow Valley this week. A black bear was killed near Scott Lake Hill on Tuesday. A female grizzly and a male black bear were killed in separate incidents on the TCH by Deadman’s Flats. This is the third grizzly death in the valley this summer which is a challenge for a population that is trying to recover. Please slow down when you see wildlife on the road, especially at dawn and dusk when animals are most active.

Berry season is underway and bears have been seen eating buffaloberries all over the Bow Valley. The Volunteer Stewards have been out on the Legacy Trail cutting buffaloberry bushes in an effort to encourage bears to eat elsewhere. Trail users can help reduce the chances of a conflict occurring by being loud, especially while travelling between Canmore and the Park Gate, and by learning to use bear spray and carrying it with them. Bears are very protective of food, so make sure that you do not surprise feeding bears! For closures and warnings in the Bow Valley






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