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Bear Activity: June 3 to June 9

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

For the Period: June 3 to June 9, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.

This year, thanks to your feedback, we’re trying a slightly different format. As always we love to hear from our readers. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.


Bow Valley bears have been spotted at several locations around town and in the greater Bow Valley this week but have been especially busy up at the Canmore Nordic Centre. There have been multiple reports of black bears and grizzlies enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful trails out at the centre. Remember that when you are out hiking, running or biking to yell before going around corners or charging down hills. When possible go with friends and carry bear spray.

A black bear was struck and killed on Highway #40, south of the TCH, earlier this week. Please obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife on the roads. If you see wildlife, slow down and proceed with caution.

Current Closures and Warnings

-The warning on the Legacy Trail, between Canmore and the East Gate of Banff National Park is still in place as there have been multiple reports of bear(s).

-The warning for Quaite Valley, the area just east of Heart Mountain, on the TCH, is still in place. Multiple bears have been reported in this areas.

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

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

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

Photo credit: Beth Spencer

Photo credit: Beth Spencer

Don’t be unBEARable when out biking. Always be aware of your surroundings and let the bears know you’re coming so they can get out of the way. Shout or whoop as you go around corners, beside running water, over hill tops, and through thick bushes. Remember that you’re moving a lot faster than when you walk so you have to be louder and yell more frequently. If possible bike with a buddy and carry bear spray in an easily accessible spot such as: attached to you, the outside of your backpack, or the water bottle holder attached to your bike (check out BearCozy). For more information on how to be bear smart while biking check this out!


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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