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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
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Bear Activity: August 23 to 29, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  August 23 to 29, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity during the past week has been reported at  YMCA, Bow Flats, Dead Mans Flats, Yamnuska, Heart Ck, and Quaite Valley Zones. The only grizzly bear report was from the Harvie Heights/Benchlands Zone.  As a side note cougar were reported at the Canmore Nordic Centre and YMCA Zones. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

Education Tidbit

 Bear activity in the  Bow Valley continues in a few locations with buffaloberries continuing to be the main attractant. The buffaloberry season, however, is winding down and bears will shift their attention to other food sources. Many grizzly bears will move up high to feed on roots and corms. Bears in the valley bottoms will focus on other species such as chokecherry, pin cherry, dogwood and saskatoon. These species are common near Lac des Arcs, Exshaw and points east in the valley. Ornamental fruit trees also become a significant attractant resulting in bear activity in residential areas where these trees still remain. This activity creates significant safety concerns for both people and bears. So please, report this activity early in order that this behaviour can be discouraged right away and we can minimize the number of bears relocated or destroyed. Please consider removing any of these attractants from your yards. Alternatives exist in the form of ornamental flowering trees and shrubs that produce beautiful flowers in the spring but DO NOT produce fruit eg Spring Snow Flowering Crab and Double Flowering Plum. Such plants are available from local nurseries.

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Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


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.

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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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