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Bear Activity: June 21 to June 27, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  June 21 to June 27, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Due to the recent rain and tragic flooding events in the Bow Valley, there was no weekly bear summary for the previous week. Bear activity reports for this past week have been very few likely as a result of a much lower presence of people out hiking and recreating due to the ongoing flooding issues and needs to attend to more urgent matters. The only reports received was for a black bear in the Yamnuska Zone and a reported grizzly bear in the Canmore Nordic Centre Zone. With the improving weather and long weekend coming up, it is expected that more people will be out and about and reports of bear activity will increase.  As a reminder, maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right: 

Of special note, there was a report of a cougar near the Stewart Creek golf course.

Education Tidbit

It is not that common for black and grizzly bears to actually kill animals for food. One exception is this time of year when some bears take advantage of the ungulate calving season. Bears will prey on newborn calves/ fawns during the first few days that young are born when they are least mobile and therefore most vulnerable.

If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to [email protected] .

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


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; and obey warnings and closures.

The above 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.

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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