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Bear Activity: July 1 to July 7

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

For the Period: July 1 to July 7, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

We love to hear from our readers. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.


The first week of July has been a challenge for Bow Valley bears. In total three bears were struck and killed on highways in the Bow Valley this week. A black bear was killed near Scott Lake Hill on Tuesday. A female grizzly and a male black bear were killed in separate incidents on the TCH by Deadman’s Flats. This is the third grizzly death in the valley this summer which is a challenge for a population that is trying to recover. Please slow down when you see wildlife on the road, especially at dawn and dusk when animals are most active.

Berry season is underway and bears have been seen eating buffaloberries all over the Bow Valley.


The Volunteer Stewards have been out on the Legacy Trail cutting buffaloberry bushes in an effort to encourage bears to eat elsewhere. Trail users can help reduce the chances of a conflict occurring by being loud, especially while travelling between Canmore and the Park Gate, and by learning to use bear spray and carrying it with them. Bears are very protective of food, so make sure that you do not surprise feeding bears!

Current Closures and Warnings

-A bear closure at Heart Creek Trail from the Heart Creek Day use to Heart Creek, including the Heart Creek Canyon and Heart Mountain Trail.

-The elk closure in the Benchlands is still in effect.

-A bear warning at Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park area, including: Canmore Nordic Centre provincial Park and Grassi Lakes Day Use Area

-A bear warning at the Yamnuska Day Use Area and Yamnuska Mountain Trail

-Two bear warnings out towards the Stewart Creek Golf Course:  one on the Old Sisters Haul Road and the other on the “Quebexican” bike trail to Wind Valley where a bear was reported to have chased a biker. Just a reminder, when hiking or biking, keep your dog on a leash, be loud, and learn to use and carry bear spray.

Additional bear warnings and closures are 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.

And Now some Paws-itive News

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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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