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

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Bear Activity: August 31 to September 6, 2012

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: August 31 to September 6, 2012

Bear Activity Trends

There was black bear activity reported in North Canmore, Grassi Corridor,  TSR South, Lac des Arcs, Exshaw, Bow Valley Prov Park, Alpine Club, andYMCA zones this week. There were no Grizzly bear reports for the Bow Valley.

Education Tidbit

As is typical this time of year, bear activity in the Bow Valley increases in specific areas. Both Lac des Arc and the Exshaw zones see inceased bear reporting. This is likely due to bears moving into the river riparian areas adjacent to the Bow River in search of dogwood and chokecherry. These shrub thrive in areas adjacent to the river and produce a valuable food resource. 

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 pepper spray; and obey 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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