BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: August 20 to August 26, 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 digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.
There are bear warning and closure signs throughout the Bow Valley at the moment. Warning signs are posted when a bear is frequenting an area for more than a couple of days. When an area is closed due to bear activity, it means that there is a serious public safety concern in that area. Examples of why an area would be closed include a bear on a carcass, a bear has acted aggressively towards someone or a trap has been set (and baited with an attractant) to capture a bear. Both warning and closure signage are removed when there has been 72 hours of inactivity in the area.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been grizzly activity in Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Grassi Corridor, Stewart Creek, TSR Resort, TSR South, Wind Valley, Silvertip and Alpine Club Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Alpine Club, Bow Valley Provincial Park, and YMCA Zones this week.
Bears are focused on feeding at the moment and many are trailside eating berries. Please be extra cautious when hiking / riding on trails at this time of year.
Bear Cautions and 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
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Report all bear sightings to
For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports