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Bear Activity: May 5 to May 11

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

For the period: May 5th to May 11th 2017

Welcome to the second weekly bear report of 2017!


In Canmore, bears (mostly black bears) have been sighted around town and in outlying hamlets such as Harvie Heights.

Banff bears have made headlines several times this week. Once for following some hikers and their dog on Mount Norquay (this article from the RMO does a good job of explaining why things may have escalated the way they did) and a second time for showing up to rugby practice in Banff. This should serve as a reminder that bears can be anywhere at anytime, especially at this time of the year while they are foraging around looking for early season food. Remember: make noise, be aware of your surroundings while recreating and know how to use and carry bear spray.

Male grizzly bears and young females have been reported out in the valley bottoms in Kananaskis country. K-country grizzly moms are, for the most part, still hanging out close to their dens with their cubs. However, as the cubs get bigger  (and mom gets more hungry) they’ll venture down from their mountain side homes to forage for food in the valley bottoms.

Canmore has passed a new wildlife attractant bylaw! Check it out here.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our human-bear conflict summary map.

black bear

A non-bear related reminder: It’s elk calving season! This means that there are going to be some very cute spotted fawns running around soon! It also means that we need to be very vigilant of mother elk and their calves who may be hiding in dense vegetation. Leave 30 meters of space between yourself and all elk. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash. Mother elk can become very defensive if they feel threatened.

Current Warnings and Closures

-There is an ongoing Seasonal Wildlife Closure on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor at the Canmore Nordic Centre which are within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Additional bear warnings and closures available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

Additional warnings and closures available here for Banff National Park

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

It’s great to see the enthusiasm with which residents care about the wildlife in the Bow Valley! Check out the crag and canyon article here about the recent ‘living with wildlife’ screening.

It’s springtime! With wildlife being more active you may get photos of wildlife or the signs they leave behind – from a safe distance of course! We would love to see them. Send them to [email protected]. Any sightings of bears, cougars, wolves and aggressive wildlife in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country can be reported to Kananaskis Emergency Services at 403-591-7755.

Keep your eyes open for wildlife signs while you're out recreating! Like these grizzly bear tracks

Keep your eyes open for wildlife signs while you’re out recreating! Like these grizzly bear tracks





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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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