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Bear Activity: April 30 to May 6, 2010

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

For the period April 23 to 29, 2010

The following summary 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.

BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

The Wind River Bear Institute (WRBI) has begun work in the Bow Valley and
Kananaskis Country once again. The have been contracted by the Alberta government to assist agency staff in managing grizzly bears in the area. They will monitor and if necessary, carry out aversive conditioning, on radio collared grizzly bears on a daily basis under the direction of local Fish and Wildlife and Parks Officers and biologists. The intent of this program is to prevent the relocation or destruction of grizzly bears by reducing their level of conflict. This is achieved by teaching bears to avoid developed areas and move into cover when they see people. For more information on WRBI, go to www.beardogs.org

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity in Canmore Nordic Centre, Harvie Heights West, Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Silvertip, Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace, Alpine Club, Bow Flats, TSR South, Stewart Creek and Wind Valley Zones this week. There were no reports of black bears in the valley this week.

Important Notes

Please respect closure and warning signage. These are posted for the safety of the public and wildlife. Closures do not typically last for very long – please be patient – the area will reopen once the safety concern is gone.

Bear Cautions/ Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx

Important Note:

Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.

Report all bear sightings to
Kananaskis Dispatch
403-591-7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports






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