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Bear Activity: September 1 to September 7


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

For the period: September 1 to September 7

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


With hurricanes, earthquakes and forest fires it may all seem like bad news at the moment, but a ray of light visible through the thick smoke is that the bear closure surrounding Quarry Lake has been lifted and replaced by a warning. However, this does NOT mean that there are no bears in the area. If you are recreating anywhere in the Bow Valley remain aware that bears can be encountered anywhere at anytime.


The closure has been lifted because buffaloberry shrubs in the valley are loosing their berries. This means that bears move on to alternative food sources. Their natural food sources include other native berries found in the forested areas of the valley, as well as buffaloberries that ripen higher up on the mountain side. However, bears are opportunistic feeders. If they can access unnatural food sources inside of town such as fruit trees in yards, they remain in town, may become territorial of yards and trees, and as a result, the potential for human-bear conflict quickly escalates. The best way to keep yourself, your family and the bears safe is to remove fruit and other attractants from your yard.

A man has been charged for having an off-leash dog that chased a grizzly bear and her three cubs at a bear jam in K-country. This is a reminder to keep pets on leash as they can act unpredictably when close to wildlife, placing people, pets and wildlife in danger.

Elk rutting season is underway with several incidents already reported. Male elk can be especially defensive of the herd of female elk they are with. Be aware of your surroundings, keep pets on leash, give elk lots of space (more than 30 meters), do not get between male elk and the herd of females he is with, and if an elk does charge, place a large object between you and the elk.

Warnings and Closures

An Area Warning is in effect for the Area surrounding Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails, Powerline and select areas between Rundle Canal and Three Sisters Golf Course, and various trails. 


There is still a bear warning at the Canmore Nordic Centre (see yellow map below) due to numerous bears in the area feeding on berries.


-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Campground due to numerous sightings of a black bear have been reported in D and E loops and along the Bow River Trail that runs from Whitefish Day Use into Bow Valley Campground. The bear has been reported feeding on vegetation.

-Bear Warning: Heart Creek Trail and Day Use Area due to numerous sightings of black bears that have been reported along the Heart Creek Trail and Parking Lot. The bears have been reported feeding on vegetation.

-Bear Warning: Spray Lakes West Campground, roadways and surrounding area. Black bear feeding on ripe Buffaloberries. 

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

It’s been reported that bear 148 is settling into her new home in remote northwestern Alberta and BC. Officials monitoring her think it’s unlikely that she’s encountered humans in her remote location. Relocation for bears can be difficult, however the abundance of berries this year, the remote location of her new home and her young age are all in her favour.

grizzly bear in water


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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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