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Bear Activity: June 30 to July 6

Otis the winner of the

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

For the period: June 30 to July 6 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

The talk this week has been all about Bear 148. This bear approached a man walking with a stroller and an on-leash dog on the Powerline Trail between Peaks of Grassi Road and Quarry Lake. Subsequently the bear was trapped and has been released into the mountain national parks.

This incident is a good reminder that bears can be encountered even on popular and well travelled trails. There continues to be reports of other bears on both sides of the valley including reports of bears in residential neighbourhoods.

Two people received fines this week for entering an area during a bear closure. A bear closure means that the area is closed to the public. Entering a closed area can result in a significant fine (i.e. up to $100,000 on provincial lands) and/or imprisonment.

If there is a bear warning, be extra careful when travelling through these areas, or choose a different route.  Be hyper aware of your surroundings and practice bear safety including travelling in groups, being extra loud, keeping your dog on a leash, carrying bear spray in an easily accessible location and knowing how to use it.

In this region, bears can be encountered anytime and anywhere, not just in areas under warnings or closures – so be prepared!

Berry season is underway! As you wander the trails you may notice bright yellow, orange and red buffaloberries growing on bushes. These are one of the main sources of food for bears in the area. Bears may be so focused on eating them, that they may not be paying attention to their surroundings or they may defend their berry patches.

Buffalo Berry (Sheperdia Canadensis)

Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Carry bear spray with you in an easily accessible location, preferably attached to your body in case you become separated from your bag or bike. If you have any berry bushes or branches with berries or other fruit in your yard consider removing them, as these will attract wildlife.

Human-Bear Conflict Map for berry season

Human-Bear Conflict Map for berry season

As we’re heading towards a very warm weekend, a reminder – don’t leave your bear spray in the car as it may explode. If you must leave it in the car, keep it in a bear spray safety travel container and out of direct sunlight.

Current Warnings and Closures

Most mother elk have now had their calves and the youngsters are up and running around. Female 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: 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.

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

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

This summer we’ve heard reports of people getting too close to bears for a better look or to take photos. Here is a much better option – get virtually close to bears from the safety of your living room! Check out this bear cam. It’s a live feed from Brooks Falls, Alaska where numerous bears come each year to feed on salmon. From experienced bears who sit and wait for salmon to come to them, to the juvenile who appears to have no clue how to fish efficiently, but shows plenty of enthusiasm, there is a whole sloth of bears to keep you entertained.

Otis the winner of the "fattest bear award" to years running using his advanced "sit and wait" technique to catch salmon.

One of the biggest bears using his advanced “sit and wait” technique to catch salmon.

 

 

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:

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Report all bear sightings to
Kananaskis Dispatch
403-591-7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports






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