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

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Bear Activity: July 19 to July 25, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  July 19 to July 25, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

The Canmore Nordic Centre Zone continues to be a very active area with multiple reports of black bears and grizzly bears on the trails.  In addition to the Canmore Nordic Centre, black bear activity was reported in the Quarry-Grassi Lakes Zone,  Harvie Heights/Benchlands Zone, Silvertip Zone, and TSR South Zone. Reports of grizzly bears were reported at the Canmore Nordic Centre Zone, Quarry-Grassi Lakes Zone, and TSR South Zone.  As a reminder, maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right: 

Education Tidbit

It’s that time of the year again when bears, both black and grizzly, congregate in the valley bottoms for the ‘berry’ season. The species of choice is, of course, buffaloberry. If you want to know where bears are going to be for the next 2 months, look for patches of buffaloberry. This is their main food source for July and August and these berries are just begining to ripen in the Bow Valley this week. The berries are still green in the Kananaskis valley but in a week or two they will also be ripe and bear activity will increase wherever buffaloberry patches occur. Learn to recognize what these shrubs look like and be extra cautious when travelling through areas with buffaloberry present.

 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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