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Bear Activity: July 16 to 22, 2010

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period July 16 to 22, 2010

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.


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 diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

Much of the people bear conflict that occurs near developed areas in the Bow Valley is with young sub adult bears or females with cubs. These bears are at the bottom end of the bear social hierarchy. They choose to be near developed areas for the security these areas provide from more dominant bears. It is rare to experience conflict within facilities with more dominant male adult bears. These bears are generally more wary and avoid developed areas.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity in Canmore Nordic Centre, Georgetown, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Grassi Corridor, Stewart Creek, TSR Resort, TSR South and Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Rundleview, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, TSR Resort, TSR South, Deadmans Flats, Bow Valley Provincial Park and YMCA Zones this week.

Important Notes

Regular black bear sightings continue to occur at the Canmore Nordic Centre and Camp Chief Hector. Please exercise caution when using the trails and make plenty of noise where sightlines are poor. If you see a bear, give it the right of way and leave in the direction you came from.

Bear Cautions/ Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit

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


  1. Bill Clark
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted July 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I can attest to the activity at the Canmore Nordic Center, there was one that was quite insistent about trying to watch us in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin.

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