BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the period June 11 to 17, 2010
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 diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.
Bears love to eat meat. Most of the meat they acquire is opportunistic in nature; finding carrion which they then scavenge on. One exception to this is during the spring when elk, deer and moose give birth to newborn calves and fawns. There have been observations of newborn elk calves and deer fawns over the last week. For the first few days/ weeks of their lives these newborns are quite susceptible to predation by both black and grizzly bears. Once they are mobile, the threat of predation by bears diminishes quickly.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights West, Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace, Silvertip, Exshaw, Canmore Nordic Centre, Georgetown, Stewart Creek, and Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Harvie Heights West, Harvie Heights, Silvertip, Canmore Nordic Centre, Rundleview, Bow Flats, Silvertip, Alpine Club, Lac Des Arcs, Heart Creek, Wind Valley and YMCA Zones this week.
There have been daily reports of black bears at the Canmore Nordic Centre for a couple of weeks now. Some of these reports are of a sow with one and two cubs. Please exercise caution when using the trails and make plenty of noise where sightlines are poor.
Bear Cautions/ Closures
Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx
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For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx