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Bear Activity: June 7 to June 13, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  June 7 to June 13, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity was reported this week at the Canmore Nordic Center Zone (multple reports), YMCA Zone,  TSR South Zone, Quarry/Grassi Lakes Zone, Cougar Ck/Eagle terrace Zone, Gap Hill Zone, and the Yamnuska Zone.  Grizzly bear activity in the valley was reported in the Canmore Nordic Centre Zone, Quarry/Grassi Lake Zone and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zone. 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 an aggressive elk that chased an individual with dogs in the North Canmore Zone in the vicinity of Lions Park. Elk are calving at this time and can become quite aggressive in the protection of their calves. Please keep dogs on leashes.

Education Tidbit

Survival rates of young bear cubs are at their highest during the first few months of their lives.  Twenty-five per cent of black bear cubs die during their first year. A third of those cubs will die over the next two years. A study in Yellowstone found that 83 percent of grizzly bear cubs survived in their first year. Of those, only 40 per cent reached five years of age. The primary cause of cub mortality was from larger bears, primarily adult males.

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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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