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Bear Activity: July 29 to August 4

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

For the Period: July 29 to August 4, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


Bow Valley bears have been spotted all over the Bow Valley eating berries, hanging out on trails, or on the side of the highway. While there have been no confirmed fatalities this week, there have been several close calls between bears and vehicles, and a reported strike of a bear near Heart Creek on Highway #1. Please slow down when you see wildlife and be vigilante when driving around corners or over hills.

It is fruit tree season! Time to get out there and get that fruit down. Right now our bears are out enjoying the rich crop of buffaloberries but once the berries have passed they will start to look for other food sources. From now until when they go to sleep this fall the bears are in a state of hyperphagia (all they want to do is eat, eat, eat!) which means that they will be snacking on whatever they can get their paws on. If they see fruit in a tree they will happily scamper up into it to have a snack. Fruit that falls on the ground can also attract wildlife, so be sure to pick it up as soon as it falls. Unfortunately in the same way they can be protective of their berry patches they can also become protective of their (your?) fruit trees.


Picking fruit too much of an inconvenience? Don’t want a bear taking over your backyard? Take that tree down and replace it with a non-fruit bearing tree. There are a bunch of beautiful, non-fruit bearing tree options here.

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

Following our theme of ‘pick your crabapples!’. Here is some stuff you can do with them so you are prepared when your fruit is ripe:

Crabapple jam recipe

Crabapple vodka


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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