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Bear Activity: November 3 to November 9


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

For the period: November 3 to November 9, 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


The bears are still awake! A black bear was seen yesterday in the Canmore area and a grizzly bear was recently spotted moving around in K-Country. These bears, I like to call them “procrastinating” bears, are still trying to eat right up until the very last minute. So while you are busy waxing your cross-country skis, you should still be thinking about bears and the possibility of running into them while out on the trails. Be prepared for encounters before you leave your house and remember to carry bear spray, know how to use it and use it if required. Bear spray is also effective against non-hibernating wildlife such as cougars, wolves, coyotes and elk.

Photo courtesy of Amar Athwal

Photo courtesy of Amar Athwal

Please dispose of your pumpkins properly to help keep wildlife outside of residential areas! In Canmore, pumpkins can be taken to the bear proof “Pumpkin Only” bins at the 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot (open 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week) and downtown between Save on Foods and Canadian Tire (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Remember to remove candles and other non organic decorations as the bins are for PUMPKINS ONLY!

Bear proof "pumpkin only" bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot

Bear proof “pumpkin only” bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot

Just in case you are thinking, “it will never happen to me” or “wild animals won’t come into my backyard to eat fruit”, here is some great footage of a coyote climbing a tree to eat fruit that should give you “paws”!

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

*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 bear 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 year’s berry crop was very paws-itive and most local bears should be going to bed fat and happy. This is good news for their health and for reproduction. A healthy layer of fat will help keep them warm and provides calories to survive the winter. For females carrying one or more fertilized eggs, a healthy weight will allow implantation to occur, and it will help to sustain her and her young through the winter. We should expect some cubs to be born during hibernation, and look forward to seeing the little ones emerge from the dens next spring.

The Black Bear of Lake Louise


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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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