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Bear Activity: October 7 to October 13

A photo of grizzly bear 148,

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

For the Period: October 7 to October 13, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


It’s been a good summer for our bears; the rich berry crop early in the summer means that Bow Valley bears are going into the winter in good shape. While we’re drinking hot apple cider, watching the snow, and getting our skis waxed and sharpened, it’s easy to think that bears have already gone to bed. However, bear hibernation patterns are difficult to predict; a variety of factors influence when they sleep, including the appearance of winter weather, difficulty finding food, decreased mobility due to snow, and an overall increase in energy used to stay warm.

A photo of grizzly bear 122, "The Boss", still awake on Christmas Day! Photo by: Amar Athwal

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


The reports we’ve heard suggest that our bears are still active and still looking for food. Pumpkins and ornamental gourds could become an unnatural snack for a bear (or other wildlife) if not properly stored. Keep pumpkins away from wildlife by placing them inside of windows. You might think that you’re pumpkin is safe on a balcony, far off the ground, but bears are better climbers than most people. Check out this video of bear pulling some moves that we’ve never seen before (how much better would you be at climbing if you could just grab holds with your teeth!?!). At any rate, if you must put pumpkins outside on Halloween, make sure that you take them inside before you go to bed.

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Warning: Lacs Des Arcs Community

-Bear Warning: Camp Chief Hector, horse corrals, surrounding trails and areas east of the horse corral.

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

farside bear cave

A farside comic by Gary Larson

Nervous that you might accidentally stumble into a bear den and end up like Bob and Jim? Good news: there is one place we guarantee that you won’t disturb a bear getting ready for a long sleep. Come check out the first talk in our WildSmart Speaker Series on October 19th – 7 pm at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre. Guaranteed to be bear free (except for lots of photos and talk about bears)!

Do you try and avoid bears while you’re out recreating? Did you know that some bears may also try to avoid you?! Cheryl Hojnowski, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley will be talking about the separation (or lack there-of) between people and bears in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country. Her talk will present the results from a collaborative project between Alberta Parks and the University of California, Berkeley, aimed at improving our understanding of whether and how bears modify their behaviour to avoid people in front-country habitats in Peter Lougheed Park and the Kananaskis Valley.


Speaker Series Oct 19 talk for bear report




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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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