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Bear Activity: August 14 to August 20, 2015

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

For the Period: August 14 to August 20, 2015

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2015.

Bear Activity Trends

There was plenty of black bear activity in the town of Canmore this week.  One was seen in a backyard of Evergreen Circle on the weekend and there were multiple sightings of a black bear with two young cubs between the Spur Line Trail and Riverside Park on Tuesday.  This family group was repeatedly spotted in residential yards feeding on crab apples.  After attempts were made to push the bears across the Bow River, the sow along with her cubs had to be relocated out of their home range.  A more detailed description of Tuesday’s events can be seen on the Rocky Mountain Outlook website using the link below.

There has been a lot of black bear activity in other areas as well this week as more food sources are available.  There have been reports in Lac Des Arc, Heart Creek, Exshaw, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Yamnuska, YMCA, Quarry/Grassi Lake, Stewart Creek Golf Course and Three Sisters South and Resort .

The radio collared grizzly bears in K-Country remain in the alpine for now.  The only grizzly bear reported in the Bow Valley this week came from Yamnuska bluffs.

The incident in the town of Canmore this week should serve as an important reminder to manage any bear attractants including fruit on trees and to always carry bear spray when in bear country, even when using the trails in town.  Make noise and let wildlife know you are coming.  Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link:

We are interested in your feedback related to these weekly summaries . If you have comments please let us know – it only helps to make the information of greater value.


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; and obey warnings and closures.

The above 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.

Important Note:

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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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