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Bear Activity: June 23 to June 29

A can of bear spray which exploded while being left in the car on a hot day

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

For the period: June 23 to June 29 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

While a well known grizzly visited Canmore this week and returned to Banff, there continue to be reports of grizzlies and black bears in and around Canmore. Continue to expect to see bears in many places, including well travelled town trails, on streets and in yards.bear and cub

We are heading into berry season. You may notice on the trail that the buffalo berry bushes have unripe berries on them. These berries will become a primary source of food for bears starting in a week or two. Make lots of noise especially while walking or biking through dense foliage or close to berry bushes. Carry bear spray with you, somewhere easily accessible and preferably attached to your body in case you become separated from your bike. If you have any berry bushes or branches with berries or other fruit on them in your yard consider removing them, as these will attract wildlife.

Please clean up after your dog. The food that we feed to our dogs is improving in quality (yay! happy, healthy dogs!). While this is great news for man’s (and woman’s) best friend it creates a surprising attractant for bears. All of the nutrients that aren’t absorbed by the dogs end up in their feces. These feces now have more nutrients than many of the plants that bears are eating at this time of the year! As a result we’re seeing more bears in areas with dog feces – yuck! Picking up after your dog will reduce the attractant value of these areas and encourage the bears to move on.

Finally, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, this weekend! Remember DO NOT leave your bear spray in the car on a hot day. One unfortunate Bow Valley resident found out what happens the hard way, when she came back to her car last weekend and found her can of bear spray had exploded, covering the inside of her car. If you do leave your bear spray in the car, consider using a bear spray safety container to help prevent this situation.

A can of bear spray which exploded while being left in the car on a hot day

The can of bear spray that exploded while left in the car last weekend

Current Warnings and Closures

Most mother elk have now had their calves and the youngsters are up and running around. Femnale elk will still aggressively defend their calves. 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!

-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre. Multiple grizzly bear sightings on and near trails.

-Bear Warning: Skogan Pass Trail, on the TCH side. On June 16th a group of hikers had an interaction with a bear resulting in the deployment of bear spray.

-Bear Warning: Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails. Multiple grizzly bear and black bear sightings on and near the trails.

-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

Happy Canada Day and long weekend! Given the great weather we’re supposed to have this weekend, we expect that trails and parks will be busy with lots of people out enjoying the great outdoors! Here are some things you can do to help keep everyone safe and wildlife wild this weekend.

black bear canada

1. Report garbage that is not in bear proof bins. If you notice any garbage left outside of bear proof bins, or garbage bins that are full, call the Town of Canmore at 403-678-1580.

2. Lead by example. Many visitors to the Bow Valley are from places that don’t have bears. Show them how it’s done by giving wildlife LOTS of space, making lots of noise while in bear country, keeping your dog on a leash, travelling in groups, and carrying bear spray somewhere easily accessible. If a visitor has a question about what you’re doing, have a friendly chat and fill them in on some of the stuff they should know about being in bear country.

3. Slow down but don’t stop. Always slow down for wildlife, especially at this time of year when there are bear cubs and elk calves running around that are unaware of roads and cars. Help prevent wildlife jams by slowing down and not stopping.

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

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

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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