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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
403.591.7755 (Local)

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Bear Activity: September 20 to September 26, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  September 20 to September 26, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Reports of bears in the Bow Valley continue to be few. There were two reports of black bears: one in the Bow Valley Provincial Park Zone and one in the Exshaw Zone. No reports of grizzly bears were received.  Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

Education Tidbit

 At this time of year bears will be actively searching out any source of food they can find in an effort to pack on as much weight as possible in preparation for winter denning. Carcasses are a real bonus when found. As the hunting season is also ongoing, gut piles become a prized source of food and some folks will even contend that bears have learned to respond to the sound of gunfire and home in on such sounds in the hopes of finding a good meal. When out hiking in the woods, be aware of this and if you find any carcasses leave the area immediately and please report your findings. Depending on where the carcass is located a high public safety risk may exist and the area may need to be temporarily closed. If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to [email protected].

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


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 bear spray; and obey warnings and closures.

The above 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.

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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