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Bear Activity: August 25 to August 31


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

For the period: August 25 to August 31 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Labour day weekend may be here, but with the warm weather and lack of rain you wouldn’t know fall was around the corner. The buffaloberries are still on the shrubs. A good rain may cause them to drop off the bushes, however there is none of that in the forecast. Until those berries are gone, bears will continue to feed on them. Please respect area closures which are being monitored on a daily basis.

We all need a little dip to cool off in this heat

We all need a little dip to cool off in this heat

While buffaloberries are coming to an end, other berries and fruit are appearing in abundance and may attract bears to residential areas. Please remove these and other attractants from your yard.

Chokecherry, Crabapples, Mountain Ash and Dogwood

Chokecherry, Crabapples, Dogwood and Mountain Ash (clockwise from top left) are some of the fruits that attract bears.


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

It’s also the start of elk rutting season. Male elk are particularly protective of the herd of female elk they are with. Give plenty of space to elk (more than 30m), do not get between a male elk and the female elk, be sure to keep pets on leash and if an elk charges, place a large unmovable object (i.e. car, large tree) between you and the elk.

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

It’s a long weekend and the last one of summer! This means there will be lots of people out recreating and camping. Remember to keep bear attractants in cars or hard-sided trailers. If you’re exploring the great backcountry, plan your campsite appropriately. The bear-muda triangle (below) shows the proper separation of cooking area, tent site and food storage.

Here is an example of a proper backcountry camp set-up

Here is an example of a proper backcountry campsite set-up


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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