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Bear Activity: June 10 to June 16

Photo credit: Jordan Greer

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: June 10 to June 16, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

This year, thanks to your feedback, we’re trying a slightly different format. As always we love to hear from our readers. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.

Summary

Bow Valley bears have been spotted all over the Bow Valley this week and have once again been especially busy up at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

In an unusual incident on the Montane Traverse trail this week, a curious black bear followed a group of mountain bikers. The bear did not act aggressively but did follow the bikers as they changed direction several times to avoid it. Eventually the bikers took an alternate route to the highway and the bear did not follow. Be vigilante while on trails, make noise, preferably travel in groups and carry bear spray. Report any encounters with bears to the Kananaskis dispatch @ (403) 591-7755.

Current Closures and Warnings

-The warning on the Legacy Trail, between Canmore and the East Gate of Banff National Park is still in place as there have been multiple reports of bear(s).

-There is a current Elk closure in the Benchlands. A mother elk and her newborn are in the area. Female elk with young can be very aggressive when approached. Stay out of the closed area and ensure that dogs are kept on leashes at all times.

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

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

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

Thanks Jordan Greer for sending us these lovely pictures of a mother black bear and her three cubs eating and playing in the dandelions on the side of Mt Norquay Road. If you have some photos that you’ve taken of our local Bow Valley bears please feel free to send them to us @ info@wildsmart.ca – just remember, never approach a bear, only take photos from a safe place (house, car) or a safe distance (at least 100m), and if you want that great quality, close up shot, use a zoom lens!

Photo credit: Jordan Greer

Photo credit: Jordan Greer

Photo Credit: Jordan Greer

Photo Credit: Jordan Greer

Photo credit: Jordan Greer

Photo credit: Jordan Greer

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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