BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: July 8 to 14, 2011
The following 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.
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 pepper spray; and obey closures.
With berry season upon it us it is worth noting some of the more likely “hotspots” around Canmore (based on historical bear activity over the years). These include areas along the Bow River, particularly the Engine Bridge and Larch Islands. The Canmore Nordic Centre, Grassi Lakes, Dog Pond and the powerline to Peaks of Grassi all see regular bear activity at this time of year. Any residential communities adjacent to wildlife corridors or habitat patches are also high on the list. Of course, other areas are also fair game for bear sightings – so be aware when on the trails, carry bear spray and please report sightings when you see bears.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been grizzly activity in Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Rundleview, Gap Hill, Deadmans Flats, Bow Valley Provincial Park and YMCA Zones this week. Black bear activity has been reported at Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Bow River Channel, Silvertip, Alpine Club, TSR South, YMCA and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones.
It is berry season and bears are in the valley bottoms. Please remain attentive and be on the lookout for bears feeding trailside.
Bear Cautions and Closures
Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.
Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.
Report all bear sightings to
For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx