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Bear Activity: June 1 to June 7

Elk Warning for the trails along the Bow River in Canmore.

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

For the period: June 1 to June 7, 2018

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

There continues to be lots of wildlife activity throughout the Bow Valley. Bears have been seen on both sides of the valley, in residential areas in and around Canmore and along the river trails. Last week a wolf was seen along the river trails in and around the Town of Canmore foraging for food, more recently, there has also been an aggressive coyote in the Town of Banff. There have been recent close encounters with aggressive cow elk protecting their calves on the trails along the Bow River in Canmore. Elk are calving around Canmore, including the Bow River Trails, and people need to be aware of their surroundings and stay at least 30 meters away from all elk. Calves are often hidden in dense vegetation along the trails so extra vigilance is required.

Photo courtesy of Jamin Mulvey

Photo courtesy of Jamin Mulvey

Wildlife can be encountered anywhere, anytime! Here are some reminders about how to be proactive and help reduce the risk of wildlife encounters:

  • make lots of noise to alert animals of your presence
  • travel in groups
  • be aware of your surroundings (look and listen for wildlife and their signs)
  • keep dogs on-leash
  • remember to pick up after your dogs as their feces can act as an attractant for bears
  • do not leave any garbage, remnants of food or items that have a smell outside as they may attract wildlife
  • carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it. Bear spray should be carried while walking on the trails in and around town! (Here is a recent article that describes how a hiker was able to deter a grizzly bear with bear spray)

The vegetation is greening up so the bears will be moving away from the valley bottoms. Wildlife may still be seen along the highways, so motorists should obey speed limits, constantly scan for wildlife feeding in ditches and be aware that the likelihood of encountering wildlife on or close to the road is increased during the spring season.

If you must stop on roadways to view wildlife, take your picture from a distance and move on. Do not linger at the location and never exit your vehicle to take a picture. Never feed wildlife or encourage wildlife to come closer to you or your vehicle.

Current Warnings and Closures

-There is an Elk Warning for the trails along the Bow River in Canmore due to recent close encounters with aggressive cow elk protecting their calves.

Elk Warning for the trails along the Bow River in Canmore.

Elk Warning for the trails along the Bow River in Canmore.

-Bear Warning - Interlakes Campground due to a grizzly bear frequenting the campground.

-Bear Warning – Indian Oils Trail due to a black bear sow with cub bluff charged a hiker and leashed dog.

-There is an ongoing Seasonal Wildlife Closure on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park adjacent to the Canmore Nordic Centre.

*Bears are not only found in closure and warning areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

A complete list of all 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 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

Alberta Environment and Parks, the Town of Banff, the Town of Canmore, and Parks Canada are holding a public information session on Human-Wildlife Coexistence in the Bow Valley on Tuesday June 12 in Banff. Everyone is welcome to attend!

June 6 open house

The Human-Wildlife Coexistence (HWC) Technical Report was created to provide recommendations to reduce conflict between wildlife and humans in the Bow Valley. The report was created based on input from technical experts from across Alberta in wildlife management. The report will be used by the management organizations in the Bow Valley as a guide to enhance human-wildlife coexistence. You are invited to participate in these public sessions being held to share information on the report and gather your feedback on its implementation. For more details on the open houses please visit: aep.alberta.ca/about-us/public-engagement/public-comments.aspx

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

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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