BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: July 15 to 21, 2011
The following 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.
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 pepper spray; and obey closures.
It has been a tough week for wildlife (and wildlife officials) in the Bow Valley. A young male grizzly bear, #116, was relocated to northern Alberta after breaking into a barn at Camp Chief Hector YMCA and killing a sheep. A second young male black bear was euthanized at Camp Chief Hector after it was observed getting into a backpack. A young cougar was also euthanized after it was observed on multiple occasions in close proximity to people and then attacked a dog. The common theme with all of these incidents is the negative outcome that arises when wildlife get too use to people. Local programs such as attractant removal and aversive conditioning are attempts to discourage wildlife from becoming habituated to people and developed areas.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been grizzly activity in Canmore Nordic Centre and Quarry/ Grassi Lake Zones this week. Black bear activity has been reported at Harvie Heights West, Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Rundleview, Grassi Corridor, TSR Resort, TSR South, Deadmans Flats, Quaite Valley, YMCA and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones.
It is berry season and bears are in the valley bottoms. Please remain attentive and be on the lookout for bears feeding trailside.
Bear Cautions and Closures
Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.
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Report all bear sightings to
For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx