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Bear Activity: October 14 to 20, 2011


(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: October 14 to 20, 2011

The following summary 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.


Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

Grizzly bear cubs in the Rockies will usually stay with their mother for 3 to 4 years before going out on their own. In other areas, such as Sweden, cubs will only stay with their mother for one or two years. It is rare for a mother to have a new litter of cubs while still looking after cubs from a previous litter. There is a grizzly bear in the Kananaskis who appears to have two generations of cubs with her at the moment. She currently has 2 cubs born this year with her and a third , larger cub who appears to be a two year old. It is strongly suspected that the third larger cub is hers from three years ago. They have been travelling together much of the summer and fall.

Bear Activity Trends

There was no grizzly bear activity reported in the Bow Valley this week. Black bear activity has been reported at South Canmore, Silvertip, Lac des Arcs, Quaite Valley, Heart Creek and YMCA Zones.

Important Notes

Bears are moving into residential areas of the Bow Valley to feed on ornamental fruit trees and other foods. Please be cautious when walking around town and keep dogs on leash.

Bear Cautions and Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.

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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