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Bear Activity: September 23 to September 29

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

For the Period: September 23 to September 29, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


According to reports it’s been all quiet on the bear front this week. However we must remain vigilant! Our bears are not yet asleep and are still looking for food.

A bear was removed and relocated from Cougar Creek last week (the 20th) when it became habituated to fruit in a backyard. You might think, “well, what’s the harm”? So what if there’s a bear in my fruit tree? We live in the Bow Valley; there are bears everywhere! The issue is that bears become incredibly protective of food sources. “Your” fruit tree becomes “their” fruit tree, and “your” yard becomes “their” yard (bears aren’t versed in property law and won’t recognize your land deed). If a person, child, or pet gets too close to their tree or their yard they may defend it in the same way that a bear would defend a carcass, or berry patch out in the forest. The best option is that bears don’t get food in backyards and therefore there is no dispute about property rights. However if a bear does become attached to a yard attractant, and looses its natural wariness of humans, it needs to be relocated before it has an aggressive encounter with an adult, child or pet. Aggressive encounters never end well, usually with wildlife paying the price. If you see a bear call KES at 403-591-7755. If you still have fruit in your trees, please go pick it before it attracts a bear. You can borrow a fruit picking tool to reach those hard to get to branches from WildSmart by calling (403) 678-3445 ext. 2 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-Bear Closure: Lacs Des Arcs Campground and Day Use Area. The boat launch and access road to the boat launch are open.

-Bear Warning: Lacs Des Arcs Community

-Bear Warning: Camp Chief Hector, horse corrals, surrounding trails and areas east of the horse corral.

Additional bear warnings and closures available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our 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

What do you call a wet bear? A drizzly bear!! Sorry we couldn’t help oursleves. Stay dry this weekend, or go dancing in the rain; the choice is yours! If you do happen to be able to see through the rain clouds take a look towards the ‘little bear’ in the sky – Ursa Minor (a.k.a. the little dipper), the aurora borealis is supposed to be spectacular tonight (Friday)!

wet bear

A drizzly bear


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; learn to use bear spray and carry it with you; and obey warnings and closures.


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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