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Bear Activity: October 15 to 21, 2010


(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)


For the Period: October 15 to October 21, 2010

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

Black bear and grizzly bear activity is certainly slowing down in the Bow Valley. Some bears are moving into dens while others continue trying to fatten up for the winter. A number of grizzly bears in the Kananaskis are still in the valleys taking advantage of carrion from road killed animals and hunter activity. As temperatures begin to fall below zero degrees Celcius, bears will slowly begin to enter dens. The recent warm temperatures of the past week may have delayed this somewhat

Bear Activity Trends

There was grizzly bear activity reported in Canmore Nordic Centre Zone this week. There was no reported black bear activity in the Bow Valley this week.

Important Notes

While many bears are moving to densites, a few remain out looking for last minute feeding opportunities. So remain vigilant and continue to use caution on trails around the valley.

Bear Cautions and Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit

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

One Comment

  1. Maria Hawkins
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Since lots of people are still mtn biking , I think it would have been good to highlight that a section of trail at the NC is still closed.
    From the K-Country Trail report: added October 10th, 2010
    Section of Rundle Trail and Meadowview Trail at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park: Due to bear activity, Rundle Trail is closed between junctions 65 and 66, and Meadowview Trail is closed between junctions 32 and 33. A detour option exists

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