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Bear Activity: October 21 to October 27

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

For the Period: October 21 to October 27, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


Some bear news out of Banff this week. A grizzly bear cub (likely one of 130′s offspring) was reported to have been struck by the train. It’s possible its sibling was also struck. The fate of both cubs remains uncertain.

Number 148, a six year old, female grizzly who spent several weeks this summer  in the Canmore area, is causing some chaos for parks officials with her ability to get through the highway fencing in Banff. She was reported running across four lanes before park staff were able to move her back through a hole they had cut in the fence. Please remember that while the wildlife exclusion fence along the TCH in Banff does keep most of the wildlife off of the highway, it is not wildlife proof. Always be on the lookout for wildlife while driving!

Bow Valley bears are still very much awake and active. Please remember to keep pumpkins inside of windows for Halloween. Don’t get a fright when you answer the door to a bear on the doorstep eating your pumpkin!

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

*there are no warning or closures in the Bow Valley at this time

Additional bear warnings and closures available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

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

As winter arrives it is survival of the fattest in bear world.  Meet Otis, crowned “the fattest bear” by Katmai National Park in Alaska for the second year running. Otis’s great girth can be attributed to his fishing technique. His ability to sit for long periods of time in one part of the river, away from dominant bears who would compete with him, and wait for fish means that he gets maximum calories while expending a minimal amount of energy. Given that he may have as much as six months of winter to sleep through being the  ”fattest bear” is definitely a big advantage.

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Otis the bear
Photo by Katmai National Park and Preserve




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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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