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Bear Activity: August 18 to August 24


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

For the period: August 18 to August 24 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Bears have recently been seen in the large closure area on the south side of the valley. This closure remains in effect and is being monitored on a daily basis by authorities, so please be safe and avoid entering closed areas. There are several other smaller warnings and closures around the Bow Valley, as described below.

Dogwood berries are also now ripe and are on the menu for bears. Please be aware of your surroundings while outdoors and stay clear of areas with these and other fruit bearing plants.

Dogwood (Red Willow) with very distinct white berries and red branches/bark.

Dogwood (Red Willow) with very distinct white berries and red branches/bark.


We would like to emphasize the benefits of travelling in groups when outdoors. Four or more people will greatly reduce the risk of having an encounter. Almost all serious or fatal bear attacks have happened to people travelling alone or with one other person, while attacks are extremely rare on groups of six people or more. Large groups generally make more noise to alert bears of their presence at a distance, and may intimidate a bear. Additional benefits include having more cans of bear spray at hand and having people to help in an emergency situation.


Alta Link will continue doing transmission line vegetation management near Lawrence Grassi Ridge until September 5. This area is their right of way and is regularly cut in order to prevent unwanted contact and interference with transmission lines. Click on the image below for more information.

Canmore Brushing July 31_2_Page_1


Warnings and Closures

An Area Closure is still in effect for the Area surrounding Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails, Powerline and select areas between Rundle Canal and Three Sisters Golf Course, and various trails. This is due to a bear encounter that resulted in injuries and numerous bears feeding on berries in the area. The immediate areas around and including Quarry Lake and the main meadow of the off-leash dog park (see red map below) are open.



There is still a bear warning at the Canmore Nordic Centre (see yellow map below) due to numerous bears in the area feeding on berries.


-Bear Warning: Heart Creek Trail and Day Use Area due to numerous sightings of black bears that have been reported along the Heart Creek Trail and Parking Lot. The bears have been reported feeding on vegetation.

-Bear Closure: Hidden Trail, Coal Mine Trail and Centennial Ridge Trail. A grizzly bear with two young of the year cubs’ bluff charged hikers in the area.  Also a black bear with two yearling cubs is in the area. Grizzly and black bears are frequenting the area to feed on an abundant buffaloberry crop.

-Bear Warning: Spray Lakes West Campground, roadways and surrounding area. Black bear feeding on ripe Buffaloberries. 

-There are additional warnings and closures in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below.

Additional bear warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

Additional warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit the 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

Canmorites are working towards making their yards attractant free. Here is a photo of 2 year old Sophie helping her family pick crabapples in her backyard. If you have fruit or berries on trees or shrubs, now is the time to pick them before they attract a bear, or other wildlife, to your yard. WildSmart continues to loan out extendable crabapple pickers to help reach fruit on those high branches, and pruners to remove branches. Contact 403-678-3445 ext. 2




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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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