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Bear Activity: August 5 to August 11

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: August 5 to August 11, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary

Another rough week for Bow Valley bears on the highways. A black bear cub was killed on the TCH, when it was struck by a car while crossing the road with its mother and siblings. A male black bear was found dead on the side of the TCH by Lac des Arcs on Tuesday morning. These are the 3rd and 4th black bears killed this year on the TCH in the Bow Valley along with 2 grizzly bears and a wolf. Please be vigilante and slow down especially in areas with low visibility and at dusk, dawn and during the night.

Many of the closures and warnings are still in place for the Bow Valley, as bears are still being sighted regularly on the sides of the valley eating berries. However, we can expect to see more bears lower in the valley as berry season on the slopes ends and fruit tree season in town amps up. Now is the time to think about your backyard. Consider removing your fruit tree. If you don’t want to take out the tree, have a plan in place to remove the fruit before or as soon as they ripen.

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Closure: Lowline Trail (Loki Trail) from Peaks of Grassi to the Three Sisters subdivision, including the area surrounding the powerline

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

-Bear Warning: Multiple trails at the Canmore Nordic Center including Killer Bees, Backdoor Ziggys and Nector Noodle

-Bear Warning: Lacs Des Arcs community

-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Parks Area, including Highline Trail, East and West Connector Trails and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

-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

*Important* There is a bear warning currently in effect for all of Kananaskis Country as well as 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.

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

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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