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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
403.591.7755 (Local)

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Bear Activity: May 31 to June 6, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  May 31 to June 6, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity was reported this week at the Canmore Nordic Center Zone, YMCA Zone, TSR Resort Zone, Alpine Club Zone, Bow Valley Provincial Park Zone, and the TSR South zone.  Grizzly bear activity in the valley was reported as well in the TSR South zone. As a reminder, maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right: 

Of special note, there has been some cougar reported sightings this past week on the north side of the valley in the Cougar Creek-Eagle Terrace Zone.

Education Tidbit

Along with the spring arrival of bear activity in the valley bottoms is the onset of the breeding season for bears.  Once females come into season, they may leave scent trails that males quickly hone in on. A pair may stay together for several days getting to know one another with males often engaging in fights should any other males also be attracted to the same female. Boars may also restrict the movements of the female to keep her confined to a smaller area reducing the likelihood that another male may find her. Sows may mate with more than one male over the course of about a week but once mating ends, the sow will have nothing more to do with the male.  If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to [email protected] .

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


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; and obey warnings and closures.

The above 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.

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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