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Bear Activity: August 26 to September 1st

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

For the Period: August 26 to September 1, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


Bad news! We’ve had our first report this year of a bear eating crabapples in Canmore in the Eagle Terrace Neighbourhood. If we want to keep this bear (and his bear cohorts) safe, wild and home this year, we need to get rid of our backyard attractants now (better yet, a week ago)!

The good news is that this year there are a lot of  programs and tools available to help you keep your yard bear free! The Town of Canmore has a voluntary fruit tree removal program. You could get your fruit tree removed and replaced with a non-fruiting tree, all at no cost to you!

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Take advantage of the Town of Canmore’s fruit tree removal program and you could be the proud new owner of one of these beautiful, non-fruiting, bear friendly, super awesome, spring snow flowering crab trees!

If you don’t want to take advantage of the fruit tree removal program then it’s time to get out there and pick that fruit. Here at WildSmart we have fruit picking tools available to borrow that will help you reach those high branches. If you would like to borrow the equipment send us a message at [email protected]. Crabapples that aren’t being eaten can be dropped off at Boulder Crescent Recycling (115 Boulder Cres) where they can be placed in a bear proof bin and will be composted.

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Fruit picking equipment is available to borrow from WildSmart

There was also an adult female wolf struck and killed on the Trans Canada Highway Tuesday night, just west of Highway 1x. If you are headed to the mountains this weekend, slow down and obey posted speed limits – they aren’t just for your safety, but that of wildlife as well! Be especially cautious at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Closure: Lacs Des Arcs Campground and Day Use Area. The boat launch and access road to the boat launch are open.

-Bear Warning: Lacs Des Arcs Community

-Bear Warning: Camp Chief Hector, horse corrals, surrounding trails and areas east of the horse corral.

-Bear Warning: Area and trails south and west of the Canmore Nordic Centre, including Grassi Lakes trails and climbing area and areas near Quarry Lake

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Trails: Killer Bees, Backdoor Ziggys and Nector Noodles

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Grassi Lakes Day Use area and surrounding land

-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Wildlands Provincial Park including Highline Trail, East and West Connector Trails

-Bear Warning: Lowline Trail from Peaks of Grassi to three sister subdivision, including powerline

-Bear Warning: Yamnuska day use area and mountain trail

-Bear Warning: “Quebexican” bike trail between Stewart Creek Golf Course and Wind Valley

-Bear Warning: Old Sisters Haul Road located below the Stewart Creek Golf Course

Additional bear warnings and closures available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our 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

Here in the Bow Valley we have a lot of wildlife. Ear tags and collars help us know which bears are where and what their habits are. This in turn helps conservation officers make smart choices (such as issuing bear warnings for areas with lots of bears) which keep bears and people safe. If you see a bear, give Kananaskis Emergency Services a phone call at 403-591-7755. If possible (and without getting any closer) let KES know the ear tag number. Bear reports help everyone know where our bears are and what they’re up to.

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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; know how to use it; and obey warnings and closures.


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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