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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
403.591.7755 (Local)

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Bear Activity: August 30 to September 5, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  August 30 to September 5, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity during the past week has been reported at the YMCA and Gap Hill Zones.  Grizzly bear sightings were reported from the Canmore Nordic Centre, Heart Creek, and Alpine Club zones.  Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

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Many grizzly bears have moved up high to feed on roots and corms. They can still be expected at lower elevations, however,  as they cross the valley bottoms travelling from drainage to drainage. Three reports of grizzly bears were reported this past week. Black bear activity tends to be focused along the Bow River as they continue looking for valley bottom foods. As such, they can be expected to still be using the trail systems in the valley to get from point A to B. Be aware, particularly at dawn and dusk, of berry bushes and ornamental fruit trees being fed on (broken branches and berries on the ground), scat on the trail and the presence of gut piles from successfully hunted animals in those areas where hunting is allowed.

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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.

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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