BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(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.
BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
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.
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.
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 tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx
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Report all bear sightings to
For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports