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Bear Activity: July 28 to August 3

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period: July 28 to August 3 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

Bears were in the news this week! Bear 148 was captured and relocated to the remote Kakwa Wildland Park in northwestern Alberta. A collared grizzly bear was hit by a vehicle while crossing Highway 1 east of Lac des Arcs on Friday evening. He is alive, moving around, and is being monitored by Conservation Officers. A grizzly bear with two cubs bluff charged hikers near Kananaskis Village, and there are still numerous black and grizzly bears throughout the Bow Valley and K-Country feeding on berries in the valley bottoms. As a result, there are still several closures and warnings that people need to respect and be aware of when heading outdoors this long weekend.

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Be vigilant and take extra precautions so as not to surprise bears focused on eating berries. Make lots of noise, travel in groups, keep dogs on leash, and be aware of your surroundings! Bear scat can be an indication of bear activity in the area. During berry season bear scat can look a lot like strawberry jam. Keep an eye out for it on the trails and avoid areas with fresh scat.

Berry season scat

Berry season scat

Remember to carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it. Close range encounters with bears can happen in seconds so you need to be ready. Be prepared to properly handle encounters before you even leave your home by practicing your quick draw. Get used to pulling out your bear spray and removing the safety clip. Do NOT actually spray the can while practicing. Do this numerous times to help you feel more comfortable and ready to handle a possible bear encounter.

 

Just a heads up that Alta Link will be doing transmission line vegetation management near Lawrence Grassi Ridge from August 5 to September 5. This area is their right of way and gets cut regularly in order to prevent unwanted contacts and interference with transmission lines. Click on the image below for more information.

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Warnings and Closures

There are several different reasons for issuing bear warnings and closures such as bears feeding on berries, bears bluff charging at people, bears feeding on a carcass, injured wildlife, and bears with cubs. We need to obey these closures and respect the warnings. People choosing to enter closed areas put both bears and themselves at risk.

 

An Area Closure is still in effect for the Quarry Lake Area and Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and surrounding trails due to numerous bears in the area feeding on berries. The immediate area around and including Quarry Lake and the dog park (see red map below) are open.

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There is a bear warning at the Canmore Nordic Centre (see yellow map below) due to numerous bears in the area feeding on berries.

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-Bear WarningBow Valley Provincial Park. A collared grizzly bear was hit by a vehicle while crossing Highway 1 east of Lac des Arcs last week. The grizzly bear is being monitored by Conservation Officers.

-Bear Closure: Kananaskis Village Surrounding Trails. A grizzly bear with two cubs bluff charged hikers in the area and numerous bears feeding on berries.

-There are numerous warnings in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below

Additional bear warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

Additional warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit the human-bear conflict summary map.

Here are some thoughts on the decision to relocate Bear 148.

Here is more information on managing grizzly bears in Alberta.

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

A great proactive positive step that you can take is to remove attractants such as berries and fruit from your yard. These berries and fruit attract bears and other wildlife into the residential areas, putting the wildlife and people at risk.

If you need to borrow some pruners and/or fruit pickers to help accomplish this step, please drop by WildSmart at the Biosphere Resource Centre in Canmore.

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Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

Important Note:

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Report all bear sightings to
Kananaskis Dispatch
403-591-7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports






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