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Bear Activity: August 28 to September 3, 2015

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

For the Period: August 28 to September 3, 2015

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2015.

Bear Activity Trends

There was no shortage of black bear sightings in the Canmore area this week.  The bears are being drawn in by the numerous fruit trees.  There have now been twelve black bear relocations from the Canmore area this year.  With the abundance of fruit, it is especially important to always carry bear spray even when using the trails in town.  Follow the link below to the Rocky Mountain Outlook website for more details.

A warning sign was put up at the engine bridge in Canmore yesterday due to a bear feeding on a carcass.  The carcass was cleaned up by the time officials received the report therefore a closure was not necessary.  Other black bear reports in the Canmore area include Grassi Corridor, Cougar Creek/Eagle Terrace, Silvertip, Harvie Heights/Benchland, Rundleview, Quarry/Grassi Lake and North Canmore.  There has been a lot of black bear activity in other areas of the Bow Valley with sightings from Stewart Creek, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Exshaw, Lac Des Arc and YMCA.  A closure has been issued for Lac Des Arc campground and day use area due to numerous bears feeding on fruit in the area.

The only grizzly bear reported in the Bow Valley this week came from the Silvertip area.

This September long weekend, 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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