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Bear Activity: May 21 to 27, 2010

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period May 21 to 27, 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

Bear densities vary with the seasons. At certain times of the year, such as the breeding season in the spring or buffaloberry season in the summer, bear densities can be higher. Research has shown that during the buffaloberry season bears have come from as far away as the Elbow and Elk River B.C. to forage in areas of high density buffaloberry. Once the berry season finished they move on to other areas offering high quality foods. For this reason, seeing multiple bears at certain times of the year does not necessarily mean that there are lots of bears there al year long.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Silvertip, Bow Flats, Grassi Corridor, TSR Resort, Stewart Creek and Wind Valley Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore Golf Course, South Industrial, Grassi Corridor, Alpine Club, Bow Valley Provincial Park, YMCA and Yamnuska Zones this week.

Important Notes

The Canmore Nordic Centre and YMCA Zones are both experiencing regular bear activity. There is a sow and cub(s) in both of these areas and warning signs have been posted. Please use caution in these areas.

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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