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Bear Activity: November 10 to November 16

Photo courtesy of Aliah Knopff


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

For the period: November 10 to November 16, 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Collared bear data is showing that most of the female grizzly bears have either gone into their dens or they are staying very close to their den site. There have been no sightings of bears in the Canmore area this past week, however there continue to be grizzly bear sightings in the region. In other words, there are still bears out and about looking for food, so be prepared for encounters before you leave your house. Be vigilant out on the trails and remember to carry bear spray, know how to use it and use it if required. Bear spray should be carried year-round and is also effective against non-hibernating wildlife such as cougars, wolves, coyotes and elk.

There have been a few reports of cougar sightings in the Three Sisters Area. Cougars have been known to follow deer into developed areas at this time of year so please remember to be CougarSmart. Cougar tracks usually do not have claw marks, whereas wolf, coyote and dog tracks normally do have claw marks. It can sometimes be difficult to recognize a single track on its own. Instead, try to look at a series of tracks to help you determine which animal left them.

Photo courtesy of Aliah Knopff

A cougar track. Notice that there are no claw marks visible. Photo courtesy of Aliah Knopff

Remember to look the pattern of tracks closely.

Some more cougar tracks. Remember to look closely at a series of tracks, not just one single track!

Deer, bobcats and coyotes are often mistaken for cougars. One of the best ways to be sure you are looking at a cougar is to recognize their long skinny tail with a black tip.

Photo credit: Raymond Barlow

Photo credit: Raymond Barlow

Remember that it is still hunting season. Please be aware of your surroundings and stay clear of dead animals. Hunters should always carry and use bear spray as the first line of defence, even if they are carrying a gun. Here is an insightful article about hunters and bear spray.

Warnings and Closures

Cougar Warning – Votiers Flats Area in Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary.

*There are NO current bear warnings or closures in the Bow Valley (east of the Banff park gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park) but that does NOT mean that there are no bears in these areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

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

Additional 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 the 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

This just in! Alberta Environment and Parks has the first photographic record of a wolf using the Stewart Creek Underpass in almost 20 years! The camera recorded eight separate instances of wolves using the underpass between Sep.24 and Nov.3. In some of those instances it was the same wolf.

Photo courtesy of Alberta Environment and Parks

A wolf caught on camera using the Stewart Creek Underpass. Photo courtesy of Alberta Environment and Parks

In addition, the same camera has eight records of grizzly bears using the Stewart Creek Underpass in 2017.


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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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