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

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Bear Activity: September 26 to October 2, 2014

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  September 26 to October 2, 2014

Bear Activity Trends

Bears continue to be active in the valley. We are seeing daily activity within many developed areas. The attracant of choice seems to be ornamental fruit trees. With this in mind – if you are able to remove these attractants bears will revert back to normal feeding patterns outside of developed areas. Keep in mind that it is also hunting season – and there may be the remains of succcessfully killed animals in the forested areas around Canmore and the Hamlets within the MD of Bighorn. Grizzly bear activity was reported in Deadmans Flats and TSR Resort this week. Black bear activity was reported in Canmore Nordic Centre, Rundleview, South Canmore, TSR Resort, TSR South, Exshaw, YMCA and Bow Valley Prov Park Zones. Don’t forget to carry bear spray, even while walking on the trails in Town. The active bear season will likely continue through the month of October. Make noise and let bears know you are coming. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link:

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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