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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
403.591.7755 (Local)

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Bear Activity: October 18 to October 24, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  October 18 to October 24, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

There were no reports of bears (neither black nor grizzly bears in the Bow Valley Zones for this last reporting period.  Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

Education Tidbit

As winter approaches, bears in the area will start thinking about denning and may now be moving towards higher elevation areas looking for appropriate sites and even starting to excavate. Actual timing of such events and eventual entry into a den for the winter is quite variable and quite dependant upon weather conditions. Some bears dont enter dens until later in November. While its still relatively mild at the lower elevation of the Bow Valley, many backcountry lakes and ponds have started freezing up and there has already been several snowfalls.  Some bears, however, will still be out looking for food and going after any sources they can find including gut piles from hunter-killed animals and ornamental fruit still hanging or laying on the ground in residential neighbourhoods. Broken tree branches and nearby scat are sure signs of bears getting into this unnnatural food source.  Please pick your apples or crabapples off your trees and ground. Rotting, fermented apples are a great attraction to a hungry bear. If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to [email protected].

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


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 bear spray; and obey warnings and closures.

The above 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.

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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