BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: May 27 to June 2, 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.
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 digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.
It is not that common for black and grizzly bears to actually kill animals for food. One exception is this time of year when some bears take advantage of the ungulate calving season. Bears will prey on newborn calves/ fawns during the first few days that young are born when they are least mobile and therefore most vulnerable.
Bear Activity Trends
There was reported grizzly bear activity at Cougar Creek West, Camp Chief hector YMCA Zone this week. Black bear activity was reported at Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Canmore Nordic Centre, Bow River Channel, North Canmore, South Canmore, Canmore Golf Course, South Industrial, Stewart Creek, Silvertip, TSR Resort, Alpine Club, Bow Flats, BVPP, Camp Chief Hector YMCA Zones.
Black bear activity has picked up in the last week around the Town of Canmore. Please be aware when out using the trails or in residential areas adjacent to forested areas or creeks/ Bow river. Comments regarding this report can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bear Cautions and Closures
The area between the dyke at Canmore reservoir and the dog off leash area will reopen today, Friday June 3. The Warning signs along the Bow River in Canmore have also been removed. Please report all bear sightings to 591 7755.
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For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports