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Bear Activity: June 9 to June 15

Photo by: Jamin Mulvey


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

For the period: June 9 to June 15 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Grizzly and black bears have been reported in the valley this past week. It is now mating season for bears. The courting rituals involve a very persistent male bear following a female for several days, eventually secluding her in an area such as a ridge line or valley. They will remain together for several days before going their separate ways. The bears may have a very low tolerance for the presence of humans and display aggressive behaviour.

Photo by: Jamin Mulvey

Photo by: Jamin Mulvey


Bears continue to be drawn into town by elk calving and by a current lack of high caloric natural food. Help keep bears wild and everyone safe by removing yard attractants. Ensure that bbqs are clean, bird feeders are taken down, pet food is kept indoors and garbage is placed in sealed bear proof garbage bins. If you notice any garbage left outside of bear proof bins report it to the the Town of Canmore at 403-678-1580.

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

Current Warnings and Closures

It is elk calving season. Mother elk are very protective and can aggressively defend their calves, which may be hidden in thick vegetation. 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: Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails. Multiple grizzly bear and black bear sightings on and near the trails.

-The seasonal wildlife closure has ended on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor at the Canmore Nordic Centre which are within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

-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

Help keep wildlife wild by making sure your yard is free of attractants. If you are planting trees and shrubs, look for non-fruit bearing plants such as the Spring Snow Flowering Crab, which have beautiful spring blossoms without the fruit. The Town of Canmore is continuing its voluntary crabapple tree removal and replacement program at no cost to participants. Call 403-678-1527 for more details.

Check out this beautiful Spring Snow Flowering Crab tree at the Civic Centre.

Check out this beautiful Spring Snow Flowering Crab Tree at the Civic Centre.


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


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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