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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
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Bear Activity: July 25 to July 31, 2014

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  July 25 to July 31, 2014

Bear Activity Trends

Bear activity continues to be very high in the valley right now. There have been 2 additional incidences involving bluff charges this week. All of these incidents have occurred on the south side of the valley near or along the Powerline between the reservoir and the Peaks of Grassi Subdividion. These interactions have occurred when people have surprised bears at relatively close distances while the bears have been feeding on buffaloberry. While these incidents have reportedly involved black bears, ther are also reports of at least one grizzly bear in this area as well. A closure currently exists for the powerline between Peaks Drive east towards the new golf course at Three Sisters. 

 There has been reported bear activity throughout the valley. This past week black bears were reported  in North Canmore, Canmore Nordic Centre, Harvie Heights West, Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace, Bow River, Rundleview,  Quarry/ Grassi Lake, TSR Resort, Grassi Corridor, TSR South, Deadmans Flats, Heart Creek, YMCA, Bow Valley Provincial Park and Yamnuska Zones.  Grizzly bear sightings were reported in Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Grassi Corridor, TSR Resort and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones. Please be vigilant at all times and carry bear spray. Make noise and let bears know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link:

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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