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Bear Activity: August 21 to August 27, 2015

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

For the Period: August 21 to August 27, 2015

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2015.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been plenty of black bear sightings in the Canmore area this week as a result of the plentiful fruit available on trees this time of year.  Fruit should be picked and fallen fruit should be disposed of.  An article on the harmful effects of fruit bearing trees can be found on the Rocky Mountain Outlook website.  With the abundance of fruit, it is especially important to always carry bear spray even when using the trails in town.

The majority of reports around town came from the Grassi Corridor, Cougar Creek/Eagle Terrace and Silvertip areas while a few came from the Harvie Heights/Benchland and the Canmore Nordic Centre.  There has been a lot of black bear activity in other areas of the Bow Valley as well and a warning has been issued for Lac Des Arc due to an abundance of natural food sources within the campground and hamlet .  Other sightings were reported from Bow Valley Provincial Park, Heart Creek, Exshaw, YMCA and Gap Hill areas.

The only grizzly bear reported in the Bow Valley this week came from the Three Sisters South and Bow Flats area.

As the end of summer nears, outdoor enthusiasts scramble to plan one last excursion.  Remember to manage any bear attractants in campsites and to pack out your garbage if you’re in the backcountry.  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 helps to make the information of greater value.  If you would like to provide feedback, you can take the quick survey below.


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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