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Bear Activity: October 6 to October 12

Photo by: Amar Athwal


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

For the period: October 6 to October 12

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


Just because there is snow on the ground, it does not mean that the bears have gone to sleep. Bears will still be looking for food for the next month and a half to fatten up for the winter, especially easily accessible food such as crabapples. There continue to be reports of black bears in fruit trees in town on both sides of the valley. Please do your part in keeping wildlife WILD and outside of residential areas, by removing from your yard, attractants such as fruit (both on trees and on the ground), grease on bbqs, pet food and garbage. If you are unable to pick the fruit from your yard, ask a neighbour to help, as many hands make light work. If you are having trouble getting the hard to reach fruit up high, come and borrow a telescopic fruit picker from WildSmart.

A photo of grizzly bear 148, "The Boss", still awake on Christmas Day! Photo by: Amar Athwal

A photo of grizzly bear 122, “The Boss”. He has been seen moving around Banff well into December! Photo: Amar Athwal

Elk continue to be seen hanging out around town and in open fields such as school yards and playing fields. Remember to give them lots of space (at least 30 m)! We are still in the 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.

Photo by: Amar Athwal

Photo by: Amar Athwal

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.

‘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

*There are no current 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!

There are additional warnings and closures in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below.

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

Tired of listening to the news where some people seem to be confused about “the facts”? Here at WildSmart we’re doing some fact checking of our own. Here is a list of some common bear myths and why they’re just not right.

How bear myths get made...

How bear myths get made…Farside comic by Gary Larson


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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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