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Bear Activity: August 2 to 8, 2013

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

For the Period:  August 2 to 8, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity occurred at  Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lakes, Rundleview, Grassi Corridor, YMCA There have been grizzly bear sightings in the Quarry/ Grassi Lakes, Bow Des Arcs, Deadmans Flats Zones this week. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:  www.wildsmart.ca/news/zones-reference-maps/

Education Tidbit

Bear human conflict is often attributed to bears searching out and obtaining food rewards. These incidents are often in or near developed areas such as townsites or campgrounds. The food rewards can be in the form of natural or unnatural foods. Natural vegetation continues to account for most of the  human-bear conflict incidents in the Bow Valley. Natural vegetation included species such as buffaloberry, dogwood, chokecherry and wolfwillow. Garbage, the next most common food attractant, accounts for very few of the food related human-bear conflicts since the implementation of bear proof bins in 1998. Bears are also attracted to other unnatural foods such as birdfeeders, pet food and ornamental fruit trees. You can help reduce human-bear conflicts by securing these unnatural attractants where possible..

If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to info@wildsmart.ca.

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.

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 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:

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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