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Bear Activity: May 14 to 20, 2010

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period May 14 to 20, 2010

The following 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.

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 diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

All bears are individuals who will respond differently to people. In the Bow Valley many bears are exposed to human activity on a regular basis. The reverse is also true; some people are quite used to seeing bears regularly. Both are considered ‘habituated’ to one another. The important thing to remember when you see a bear is that it has a line that defines its personal space. Once you cross that line the bear will react by either running away or defending itself. That line can be quite close when dealing with bears that are used to seeing people – but the line is still there. So do not approach bears that may seem indifferent to your presence.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Silvertip, Alpine Club, Bow Flats, TSR Resort, Stewart Creek Wind Valley and Canmore Nordic Centre Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, South Canmore, Gap Hill, Exshaw, Lac des Arcs, YMCA, Yamnuska, and Wind Valley Zones this week.

Important Notes

Please respect closure and warning signage. These are posted for the safety of the public and wildlife. Closures do not typically last for very long – please be patient – the area will reopen once the safety concern is gone.

Bear Cautions/ Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit

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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