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Bear Activity: October 13 to October 19

Bear proof fruit bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot


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

For the period: October 13 to October 19

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Bears are still active and looking for food, especially easily accessible food such as crab-apples and pumpkins. There continue to be reports of bears getting into fruit trees this week in Canmore. Please do your part in keeping wildlife WILD and outside of residential areas by removing fruit from your trees and off the ground. Halloween is around the corner and with that, pumpkins are starting to make an appearance. Please be proactive and remember to keep pumpkins inside of windows and NOT on your doorstep. Pumpkins act as a wildlife attractant to all sorts of animals, not just bears.

Photo courtesy of Parks Canada

Photo courtesy of Parks Canada

You might think that your pumpkin is safe on a balcony, far off the ground, but bears are very good climbers. Check out this video of a bear climbing up onto a balcony using some ingenious moves.

Keep your yard bear free by placing pumpkins in windows

Keep your yard bear free by placing pumpkins in windows

Elk continue to be seen hanging out around town and in open fields such as school yards and playing fields. There have also been reports of elk groups along the Bow River trails. Remember to give them lots of space (at least 30 m)! It is still elk rutting season and male elk can be especially defensive of the group of females they are protecting. Always be aware of your surroundings and do not get between two male elk, or between a male elk and the group of females he is with.

Remember that hunting season has started. 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.

CTV put together an interesting piece called “A Grizzly Debate“, intended to create an awareness of grizzly bear management in Alberta, including some of the difficult decisions faced by local authorities here in the Bow Valley.

‘Living with Wildlife’ by local filmmaker Leanne Allison, has been selected to be shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out on the big screen on Sunday, Oct. 29th at 7:30pm in the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre. You can also watch the movie on our website by clicking here.

Warnings and Closures

-Cougar Warning: Ha Ling Trail due to multiple sightings of a cougar on the trail.

*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

Several people have asked what to do with apples and fruit picked from trees and off the ground in their backyards. Fruit can be taken to the bear proof fruit bin at the 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot in the Elk Run Industrial Park. If you are having trouble getting the hard-to-reach fruit up high, come and borrow a telescopic fruit picker from WildSmart. Keep up the good work!

Bear proof fruit bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot

Bear proof fruit bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot


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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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