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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.

Wildlife Report December 2012

Cougar Activity

A young cougar has been seen walking through the neighborhoods of Cougar Creek and Benchland late at night over the past few days.

According to local wildlife trackers, 3 cougars traveled the south side corridors, one very large, most likely male, the other two were smaller , similar size tracks, may be siblings hunting together over the past couple of weeks.

Please walk pets on a leash and do not let your dogs out late at night without your supervision. Always keep a close eye on small children.

Podcasts of the WildSmart Speaker Series

If you missed our most recent WildSmart Speaker Series to learn about wildlife research and wildlife issues in the Bow Valley, you can listen to them online.

How to donate to Bow Valley WildSmart?

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Wildlife Activity Report February 2012

Wildlife Activity

This week there were two reports of a cougar in Canmore town site. Public reported the cougar to be hunting rabbits. The cougar was tracked and appeared to have left town site. Cougars are active in the Bow Valley and it is a good reminder to keep pets on leash and supervise children.

There have been no coyote sightings or incidents reported.

Bears are still denning, but may be seen leaving the den as early as late March.

Wildlife continue to be struck on unfenced portions of the highway. Watch for wildlife on the highway and drive the speed limit.

Podcasts of the WildSmart Speaker Series

If you missed our most recent WildSmart Speaker Series to learn about wildlife research and wildlife issues in the Bow Valley, you can listen to it online. Listen to podcast: Where the Wildlife Roam, John Paczkowski.

Bear Safety – WildSmart interview on Mountain FM

Listen to Rob Murray with Mountain FM interviewing Kim Titchener, Program Director at Bow Valley WildSmart about Bear Safety.

Wildlife Activity Report: December 2010

Wildlife activity in the valley is relatively quiet from the perspective of interactions and people. However outdoor enthusiasts should be aware that in the winter there is considerable use of the trails in and around Canmore by people and other species such as cougars, coyotes and ungulates.

Bear Activity Reports will resume in the spring

During the winter months, the weekly Bear Activity Reports are replaced with a monthly summary of all Wildlife Activity in the Bow Valley. The next report will be posted soon.

We would be interested in getting feedback as to the usefulness of the weekly bear activity report for the past season. If you have suggestions for improvements we would love to hear them.

Bear Activity: July 4 to 10, 2010

There has been grizzly activity in Alpine Club, Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Grassi Corridor, Stewart Creek, TSR South and Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake Georgetown, Rundleview, TSR Resort, Alpine Club, Bow Flats, Deadmans Flats, Gap Hill, Exshaw, Heart Creek, Bow Valley Provincial Park and YMCA Zones this week.






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