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Bear Activity: June 2 to June 8

Bear 139 eating dandelions. His natural food for this time of year. Photo by: Jamin Mulvey


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

For the period: June 2 to June 8 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Bow Valley bears have been sighted and reported around town, in the hamlets, on both sides of the valley and in the valley bottom (or we could just say – bears everywhere!). Most of the reports have been of black bears, some of which are brown and cinnamon coloured. There have also been reports of both mothers with this year’s cubs (the wee little ones) and mothers with yearlings (last year’s cubs) throughout the Bow Valley. Remember that mother bears are incredibly protective of their young. You should continue to expect to see bears in a variety of places around town including popular and well travelled trails. Make noise, travel in groups, keep pets on leash, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Bear 139 eating dandelions. His natural food for this time of year. Photo by: Jamin Mulvey

Bear 139 in K-country eating dandelions, a common food source at this time of year. Photo by: Jamin Mulvey


Bears continue to be drawn into town by elk calving and by a current lack of high caloric natural food. Help keep bears wild and everyone safe by removing yard attractants. Ensure that bbqs are clean, bird feeders are taken down, pet food is kept indoors and garbage is placed in sealed bear proof garbage bins. If you notice any garbage left outside of bear proof bins report it to the the Town of Canmore at 403-678-1580.

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

Current Warnings and Closures

It is elk calving season. Mother elk are very protective and can aggressively defend their calves, which may be hidden in thick vegetation. Be aware of your surroundings, even on popular and well visited trails around town. If you see a mother elk and calf do not approach and make sure to give them lots of space!

-There is an ongoing Seasonal Wildlife Closure on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor at the Canmore Nordic Centre which are within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

-There are numerous warnings in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below

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

Additional warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

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 polar bear? No, it’s a white coloured black bear that lives in Alberta! Black bears come in all different colours (called phases) including black, brown, cinnamon, blond, blue and white. If you are lucky enough to see this white coloured black bear in your travels, do not approach it. Help protect it by giving it lots of space!

A blond coloured black bear

A white coloured black bear in Kananaskis this week!


Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to check out the new living with wildlife video, here it is!


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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