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Bear Activity: September 17 to 23, 2010

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: September 17 to 23, 2010

The following summary 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.


Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

This is the time of year when bears enter a phase called ‘hyperphagia’ – essentially eating enormous quantities of food. Bears have been known to eat up to 20,000 calories a day in the fall. This can add 6 inches of body fat and 2 to 3 pounds a day to a bears overall weight. Many of those foods are high in calories and contain natural sugars like fruits and berries. This fat serves as a food and water reserve as bears get ready to hibernate.

Bear Activity Trends

There was grizzly bear activity reported in Wind Valley and Lac des Arcs Zones this week. Black bears were reported in Harvie Heights, Bow des Arcs, Bow Flats, Exshaw, Lac des Arcs, YMCA and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones this week.

Important Notes

Bears are very focused on feeding at the moment and multiple reports are coming in regarding bears feeding in peoples backyards, particularly those residential areas along the Bow River.

Bear Cautions and Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit


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


  1. Janet Gabel
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I would like to also report both black bear and grizzly sightings up Hwy. 40 close to Elbow Lake, past Kananaskis Lake turn-off. Both by the road side eating. This was Saturday, Sept. 18.

  2. karen sutton
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I hope everything is being done to keep the bears safe for us future visitors to enjoy…hope to return soon.

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