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Bear Activity: November 9 to November 15


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

For the period: November 9 to November 15, 2018

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


GPS data is showing that collared grizzly bears in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country area have either gone into their dens or are staying very close to their den site. That being said, there are non-collared bears still out and about looking for food and fresh grizzly bear tracks were seen yesterday down in K-Country. There have not been any recent sightings of bears in the Bow Valley but there have been several black bears seen east of the Bow Valley, in the Bragg Creek area. In other words, there are still bears awake that are searching 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 to 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.


Cougars have been known to follow deer (their main food source) into residential areas at this time of year so please remember to be cougar smart. Cougar tracks normally do not have claw marks, whereas wolf, coyote and dog tracks usually do have visible 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 typical cougar track with no visible claw marks. Photo courtesy of Aliah Knopff

It is still hunting season so 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. Bear spray should be carried in an easily accessible location; you need to know how to use it and be prepared to use it.

Current Warnings and Closures

*Bears are not only found in closure and warning areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

Here is a list of some Annual Closures in Kananaskis Country.

A complete list of all warnings and closures is available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

A complete list of all warnings and closures is available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our 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

How much weight does a bear need to gain before winter? Take a look at the picture below; did you know this is actually the same bear? This photoshopped image is the same bear taken at two different times of the year. The bear on the right is taken in the spring after emerging from its den, and the bear on the left is the same bear from an image taken in the fall just before entering its den. It shows how important all of that summertime food is to help bears bulk up and have enough fat stores to stay warm, survive the winter, and reproduce.

Photo by Amar Athwal

Photo by Amar Athwal


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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