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Bear Activity: May 25 to May 31


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

For the period: May 25 to May 31, 2018

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


There were several reports of wildlife in and around town in the past few days. Black bears have been seen on both sides of the valley, in residential areas in and around Canmore, along the river trails and up near Quarry Lake looking for food. Remember to pick up after your dogs as their feces can act as an attractant for bears. One black bear was even seen at a hotel investigating the garbage room. Family groups of bears have been reported this week on the south side of the valley so please give them lots of space, as mother bears can be extremely protective of their cubs!

Photo courtesy of Jamin Mulvey

Photo courtesy of Jamin Mulvey

A wolf was also seen along the river trails in and around the Town of Canmore foraging for food. These are great reminders to keep dogs on-leash when walking outdoors, keep your pets inside, and do not leave any garbage, remnants of food or items that have a smell outside your house as they may attract wolves and other wildlife.

There were two recent reports of close encounters with aggressive female elk along the river trails in Canmore. In both encounters the elk closed distance on the people but stopped short of making contact. Remember we are in the middle of elk calving season. We need to be very vigilant of mother elk and their calves who may be hiding in dense vegetation. Leave at least 30 meters of space between yourself and all elk. Make sure you keep dogs on-leash and well away from any wildlife as they can cause extra stress on mother elk and may provoke an attack. Mother elk can become very defensive if they feel threatened, so please give them plenty of space and leave the area immediately.

Warning Elk Calving Season

Wildlife can be encountered anywhere, anytime! You can reduce the risk of wildlife encounters if you remain vigilant when recreating outdoors and by being WildSmart at home! Make lots of noise to alert animals of your presence, travel in groups, keep dogs on-leash, be aware of your surroundings and recognize signs of wildlife (i.e. tracks/scat), and carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it. Bear spray should be carried while walking on the trails in and around town.

The vegetation is greening up so the bears will be moving away from the valley bottoms. Wildlife may still be seen along the highways, so motorists should obey speed limits, constantly scan for wildlife feeding in ditches and be aware that the likelihood of encountering wildlife on or close to the road is increased during the spring season.

If you must stop on roadways to view wildlife, take your picture from a distance and move on. Do not linger at the location and never exit your vehicle to take a picture. Never feed wildlife or encourage wildlife to come closer to you or your vehicle.

Current Warnings and Closures

-Bear Closure - King Creek Day Use Area and King Ridge Trail due to grizzly sow activity.

-There is an ongoing Seasonal Wildlife Closure on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park adjacent to the Canmore Nordic Centre.

*Bears are not only found in closure and warning areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley 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

There will be Human-Wildlife Coexistence in the Bow Valley Public Information Sessions in Canmore and Banff this month. Alberta Environment and Parks, the Town of Banff, the Town of Canmore, and Parks Canada are holding public information sessions on human-wildlife coexistence in the Bow Valley. Everyone is welcome to attend these open houses on Wednesday June 6 in Canmore and Tuesday June 12 in Banff.

June 6 open house

The Human-Wildlife Coexistence (HWC) Technical Report was created to provide recommendations to reduce conflict between wildlife and humans in the Bow Valley. The report was created based on input from technical experts from across Alberta in wildlife management. The report will be used by the management organizations in the Bow Valley as a guide to enhance human-wildlife coexistence. You are invited to participate in these public sessions being held to share information on the report and gather your feedback on its implementation. For more details on the open houses 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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