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Bear Activity: September 15 to September 21


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

For the period: September 15 to September 21

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


It’s been a quiet week for human-bear interactions. Most of the bears have been bouncing between the valley bottoms and mid elevations searching for remaining berries and other food sources. There have been several black bears spotted around town on both sides of the valley looking for fruit trees in residential areas. This is another reminder to help keep bears safe and wild by removing fruit and other attractants from your yard. We have had several people borrow our fruit picking equipment to help remove the crabapples from their trees. It is great to see people being proactive and removing these attractants themselves!

bear in tree Benchlands Canmore Aug 27 2015 - Anne

The number of closures and warnings is slowly dropping off but that does NOT mean that there are no bears in the area. You should always remain alert wherever you are recreating, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

Elk rutting season is underway with several incidents already reported. Male elk can be especially defensive of the group of female elk they are protecting. 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 his female group. If an elk does charge, prepare to use your bear spray and place a large, immovable object between you and the elk.

Elk 2016

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.

Warnings and Closures

An Area Warning is in effect for the area surrounding Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes Day Use 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.


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

We have heard reports of healthy-sized bears being seen in our area. How much weight does a bear need to gain before winter? Take a look at the picture below; did you know this is actually the same bear? This photoshopped image is the same bear taken at two different times of the year. The bear on the right is taken in the spring after emerging from its den, and the bear on the left is the same bear but from an image taken in the fall just before entering its den. It shows how important all of that summer time food is to help bears bulk up and have enough fat stores to stay warm, survive the winter, and reproduce.

Photo by Amar Athwal

Photo by Amar Athwal


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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