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Bear Activity: July 14 to July 20

Some of the fantastic volunteers who came out to help on Tuesday!


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

For the period: July 14 to July 20 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


As of Friday (July 21) morning, bear 148 remains on provincial lands on the south side of the valley, however it is important to remember that she is not the only bear in the area. Other grizzly bears and black bears have been seen moving about in and around Canmore. You should continue to expect to see bears in many areas of the Bow Valley and especially in areas with high densities of buffaloberry.

black bear eating

A warning has been issued for the south side of the valley, in the area around Quarry Lake, due to numerous bears in the area feeding on buffaloberries. Please read the warning and closure section for the full list of bear warnings currently in the rest of the valley.


Due to the large number of bears who are focused on eating, it is especially important to remain bear aware when recreating. Make lots of noise – don’t surprise feeding bears, be aware of your surroundings, travel in groups, keep your dog on a leash, carry bear spray with you and know how to use it. Bikers should be especially loud when travelling quickly and in areas where their sight-lines are limited.

Warnings and Closures

-Bear Warning: South side of the valley, the area around Quarry Lake due to numerous bears feeding on berries. See the map above.

-Bear Warning: Legacy Trail due to grizzly bear sightings on and near Legacy Trail by Banff East Gate.

-Bear Warning: Heart Creek Trail and Parking Lot. Numerous sightings of a bear have been reported along the Heart Creek Trail and from the parking lot. The bear has been reported to be feeding on shepherdia (commonly called buffaloberry).

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre. Multiple grizzly bear sightings on and near trails.

-Bear Warning: Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails. Multiple grizzly bear and black bear sightings on and near the trails.

-There are numerous warnings in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below

Additional bear warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

Additional warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit the human-bear conflict summary map.

Here is more information on managing grizzly bears in Alberta.

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

A big shout out to the volunteers who came out to Quarry Lake on Tuesday morning to prune back Shepherdia canadensis from around the edge of the dog park and lake. These high human use areas with a large number of wildlife attractants can be hot spots for human-wildlife conflict. Removing these berries encourages wildlife to not linger in these areas and to move on to more remote berry patches where the potential for conflict is much lower. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for future volunteer opportunities!

Some of the fantastic volunteers who came out to help on Tuesday!

Some of the fantastic volunteers who came out to help on Tuesday!



Important Note:

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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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