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Bear Activity: August 12 to August 18

Photo by: Louise Williams

(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: August 12 to August 18, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


Berry season continues in the Bow Valley even though we have had several bear closures and warnings lifted this week. The closures on the south side of Canmore have been changed to warnings and the Kananaskis country wide warning has been lifted.

That being said, mid-August until late September last year was when we saw bears looking for unnatural food sources inside of the town. Check your yard; are there any attractants there? Remove fruit from trees, pick any berries from bushes, take the time to clean your BBQ to remove food scents, and feed pets and store food inside to prevent spilled food. If you do remove fruit that you cannot use, take it to the bear proof fruit collection bins at the Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot (115 Boulder Crescent). The bins will be in place until November 3, 2016. Once bears finish the berry crop in the forest they will be looking for additional food, and we need to make sure that that food is not found in our yards.

Want to do even more to help reduce conflict with bears this fall? Have your crabapple tree replaced! Check out Canmore’s new voluntary fruit tree removal program and if your tree meets the qualifications, it may be replaced with a non-fruit bearing tree as early as this fall with no cost to you! Check out the Town of Canmore’s webpage for more information.

Photo by: Louise Williams

Photo by: Louise Williams

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Closure and Warning: A bear warning is in place for the Lacs Des Arcs campground and a closure for the area northwest of the campgound

-Bear Warning: Area and trails south and west of the Canmore Nordic Centre, including Grassi Lakes trails and climbing area and areas near Quarry Lake

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Trails: Killer Bees, Backdoor Ziggys and Nector Noodles

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Grassi Lakes Day Use area and surrounding land

-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Wildlands Provincial Park including Highline Trail, East and West Connector Trails

-Bear Warning: Lowline Trail from Peaks of Grassi to three sister subdivision, including powerline

-Bear Warning: Yamnuska day use area and mountain trail

-Bear Warning: “Quebexican” bike trail between Stewart Creek Golf Course and Wind Valley

-Bear Warning: Old Sisters Haul Road located below the Stewart Creek Golf Course

The Kananaskis Country-wide bear warning has been lifted, but continue to practice avoidance techniques!

Additional bear warnings and closures 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.

And Now some Paws-itive News

Mother’s are the best. Here is a video of a worried mom bear trying to keep track of her three wayward cubs who get a little too close to a waterfall.


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 digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry bear spray; know how to use it; and obey warnings and closures.


Important Note:

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

Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

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

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