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Bear Activity: May 20 to 26, 2011


(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: May 20 to 26, 2011

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

Education Tidbit

Bear spray can be an effective tool to deter bears at close range (up to 8 m). A 225 gram can will spray for 6-8 seconds. All cans have an expiry date and should be replaced once can has expired. After the expiry date the aerosol in the can will no longer project the spray effectively.  Bear spray needs to be readily accessible, not in packs or attached to your bike (bikes are often separated from the rider during an encounter). Spray the bear directly in the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. Research indicates that bear spray was effective in 100% of aggressive black bear encounters and 94% of grizzly bear encounters (Higgins and Herrero, 1998). In incidents where people used bear spray during close encounters, 98 % of people were not injured (Smith et al, 2008). So, yes, bear spray is effective and should be carried when in bear country, including in and around the trails in Canmore.

Bear Activity Trends

There was reported grizzly bear activity at Cougar Creek West, Bow River Channel West, Grassi Corridor, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bear activity was reported at Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Canmore Nordic Centre, Stewart Creek, YMCA Zones.

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 and Closures

The area between the dyke at Canmore reservoir and the dog off leash area is currently closed for grizzly bear trapping. Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755. 

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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