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Bear Activity: May 20 to May 26

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

For the Period: May 20 to 26, 2016

Welcome to the first weekly bear reports for 2016.

This year, thanks to your feedback, we’re trying a slightly different format. As always we love to hear from our readers. Please let us know is you have any comments or concerns.


It’s spring and the bears are out and about in the Bow Valley. Bears have been waking up over the last few weeks and are being spotted along highways and trails, feeding on dandelions and other grasses. In an incident near the Kananaskis Lakes, a bear made contact with a tent during the night. No one was injured and no attractants were found in the tent. For more information see the Rocky Mountain Outlook article here. Please remember that you can encounter a bear at any time while recreating outdoors. Be aware of your surroundings, make noise while hiking and biking, when possible travel in groups, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Current Closures and Warnings

Closures have been put in place in Grizzly West Pit and on the Valley View Trail from Elpoca Gate to the south entrance due to the high number of bears currently in those areas. Warnings are in place Opal ridge (where two grizzly bears have been sighted) and areas around the southern end of Lower Kananaskis Lake (Boulton Campground, Lower Lake Campground, Lower Lake Group Campgrounds and Interlakes Campground) where a bear made contact with a tent (see above). There is also a warning on the Provincial section of the Legacy Trail due to multiple sightings of grizzly and black bears.

For more information on areas frequented by bears at this time of year visit our 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

Here is a video of a couple of bears having a lot of fun in a mock campground filled with bear attractants. In order to keep your campground bear smart remember the bear-muda triangle…Bear-muda Triangle


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; know how to use it; and obey warnings and closures.


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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