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Bear Activity: September 2 to 8, 2011


(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: September 2 to 8, 2011

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

Hunting season has begun in the select areas of the Bow valley and Kananaskis Country. The remains of successfully killed animals are an important food source for bears in the fall as they try and fatten up for the winter. Be aware of concentrations of raven or magpies which can be indicators of the remains of dead animals. Bears may perceive people as a threat to this food source should you come upon a bear on a carcass. The best option for you is to increase your distance calmly, don’t run or yell and report the incident to local wildlife authorities.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity reported in Wind Valley. Black bear activity has been reported at Canmore Nordic Centre, Rundleview, Bow River Channel, South Canmore, Exshaw, Lac des Arcs and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones.

Important Notes

Bears are moving into residential areas of the Bow Valley to feed on ornamental fruit trees and other foods. Please be cautious when walking around town and keep dogs on leash.

Bear Cautions and Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.

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

One Comment

  1. Gian-Duri Giger
    Posted September 11, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I was surprised to hear elk bugling a week ago, in the middle of our “heat wave” on the south side of the bow river at the larch islands!

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