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Bear Activity: July 22 to July 28

Here is our lovely local lady #148. Thanks to a little digital manipulation you can see what she looks like when she wakes up in the spring and what she looks like by the time she goes to sleep in the fall

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: July 22 to July 28, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

Summary

Bow Valley bears are still busy eating berries and getting fat for the winter. As a result there are a lot of warnings and closures to report this week. These closures are designed to give bears their space while they’re eating – here is a bit more info about why our bears need their space and why even when we try not to, sometimes we get too close.

Here is our lovely local lady #148. Thanks to a little digital manipulation you can see what she looks like when she wakes up in the spring and what she looks like by the time she goes to sleep in the fall

Here is a photo of our lovely local lady #148. Thanks to a little digital manipulation you can see what she looks like when she wakes up in the spring (#148 on the right) and what she looks like by the time she goes to sleep in the fall (#148 on the left). As you can see she’s got a lot of weight to put on over the summer. It’s no wonder she’s been seen all over the valley snacking on berries. Copyright Amar Athwal

While our bears are currently, for the most part, being good bears and eating their natural foods in the forest, we’ve got a problem literally growing in our back yards. Fruit on trees is starting to ripen. Last year we had nine bears relocated and one bear euthanized because they had access to unnatural food sources. When bears are relocated to a new place their chances of survival drop dramatically. Let’s keep our bears safe, wild and home this year. Now is the time to pick the fruit in your yard, or even consider getting rid of the tree altogether! Bears are not discriminatory eaters, while humans might think that crab apples aren’t yummy, bears love them. Pick your fruit, get it away from the bears, and you’re helping to save a bear’s life!

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Closure:  The area and trails south and west of the Canmore Nordic Centre, including Grassi Lakes trails and climbing area, and areas near Quarry Lake. Quarry Lakes day use and off leash dog park are still open

-Bear Closure: Lowline Trail (Loki Trail) from Peaks of Grassi to the Three Sisters subdivision, including the area surrounding the powerline

-Bear Closure: Multiple trails at the Canmore Nordic Center including Killer Bees, Backdoor Ziggys and Nector Noodle

-Bear Warning: Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail

-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Parks Area, including Highline Trail, East and West Connector Trails and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

-Bear Warning: Yamnuska day use area and mountain trail

-Bear Warning: “Quebexican” bike trail between Stewart Creek Golf Course and Wind Valley

-Bear Warning: Old Sisters Haul Road located below the Stewart Creek Golf Course

*Important* There is a bear warning currently in effect for all of Kananaskis Country as well as additional bear warnings and closures 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

You know your bear stuff; you know to be aware, make noise, travel in groups and how to use your bear spray which you’re carrying on your person. Great! Still wondering what a bear encounter might look like? Here is a short video from Yellowstone about the scariest type of bear encounter and how you can make sure it ends in the best way possible.

Please remember 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 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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