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.
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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.
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.
Listen to Rob Murray with Mountain FM interviewing Kim Titchener, Program Director at Bow Valley WildSmart about Bear Safety.
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.
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.
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.
There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights West, Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace, Silvertip, Canmore Nordic Centre, TSR South and Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Georgetown, South Canmore, Silvertip, Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace, TSR Resort, Bow Flats, Deadmans Flats, Exshaw, and YMCA Zones this week.