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Bear Activity: June 11 to 17, 2010

(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.


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.

Education Tidbit

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.

Important Notes

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

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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