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

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Bear Activity: August 9 to 15, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  August 9 to 15, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity during the past week has been reported at  Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lakes, YMCA, and TSR Resort Zones. There were no grizzly bear sightings reported in the valley this week.  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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We are still actively into the berry season and with the majority of our bear - human conflicts being attributed to bears searching out and obtaining natural food rewards, it is important to be diligent and alert when travelling around the valley.  Encounters can occur in or near developed areas such as townsites, residential areas or campgrounds.  Natural food attractants include species such as buffaloberry, dogwood, chokecherry and wolfwillow. Bears are often focused on feeding and are not always alert to what is going on around them. Surprise encounters may be the result. Mountain bikers need to be particularly vigilant as this recreational activity as been involved in the majority of serious incidents. Carry your bear spray and know how to use it.  If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to [email protected].

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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