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Bear Activity: July 8 to July 14 – REVISED CORRECTION

This bear activity report has been revised from the last version.



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

For the Period: July 8 to July 14, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

We love to hear from our readers. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.


Bow Valley bears have been busy chowing down this week. With berry season in full swing they are ready to eat, eat, eat, until the end of summer! Bears getting into fruit trees etc. become a public safety concern and will often be relocated out of the valley. Last year there were 9 black bears relocated and 1 black bear euthanized because they were accessing unnatural foods in the valley. Let’s try to keep our bears safe and wild this year. Remove ripe fruit and vegetables from your yard as soon as possible. When planting trees, choose non-fruiting trees. Bears that don’t have access to our food, garbage and fruit trees, stay wild!

We’ve also talked a lot about bikes and bears this summer and there is a good reason for that. This week there have been several close encounters between cyclists, runners and bears. There were several reports of people coming within meters of bears while participating in these high speed sports. Sometimes these encounters are unavoidable but often these encounters can be prevented by being loud while biking and running, being aware of your surroundings, not wearing headphones, keeping your dog on a leash and in case you do meet a bear, carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it.

Current Closures and Warnings

-The elk closure in the Benchlands is still in effect.

-A bear warning at Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park area, including the Canmore Nordic Centre provincial Park. The warning for Grassi Lakes has been lifted but please be aware that bears can be seen anywhere and at anytime.

-A bear warning at the Yamnuska Day Use Area and Yamnuska Mountain Trail

-Two bear warnings out towards the Stewart Creek Golf Course:  one on the Old Sisters Haul Road and the other on the “Quebexican” bike trail to Wind Valley where a bear was reported to have chased a biker.

Additional bear warnings and closures are 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

A little Far Side humor. Nothing good comes from feeding bears. Save your arms, don’t feed bears!

copyright Gary Larson

copyright Gary Larson


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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