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Bear Activity: September 28 to October 4

Grizzly Bear track in the recent snowfall.

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

For the period: September 28 to October 4, 2018

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Just because there is snow on the ground, it does not mean that the bears have gone to sleep. Bears will still be looking for food for the next month and a half to fatten up for the winter, and bears continue to be drawn into residential areas on both sides of the valley by people allowing fruit and berries to accumulate on trees in their yards. Please do your part in keeping wildlife WILD and outside of residential areas, by removing attractants such as fruit (both on trees and on the ground), grease on bbqs, pet food and garbage from your yard. Many hands make light work, so if you have family or friends visiting this weekend, have them help pick the fruit from your yard. If you are having trouble getting the hard-to-reach fruit up high, come and borrow a telescopic fruit picker from WildSmart!

GB in snow (use this one)

Elk continue to be seen around town and in open fields, school yards and playing fields. There have been several recent incidents of elk closing distance on people around town! A reminder that it is elk rutting season and that male elk are particularly protective of nearby female elk, becoming aggressive towards anything that comes too close. Be aware of the elk, give them lots of space (at least 30m or 3 school bus lengths) and calmly leave the area if you see elk or other wildlife. Never get between a male and female elk and be sure to keep pets on-leash. If an elk does charge, prepare to use your bear spray and try to move behind a large object (i.e. car, large tree) and keep it between you and the elk. Never approach elk as they are wild animals that need their space, and they can react unpredictably as is evident in this recent article of a Parks Canada truck with four holes in it made by a charging bull elk.

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Hunting season has started. Please be aware of your surroundings and stay clear of dead animals. Hunters should always carry and use bear spray as the first line of defence, even if they are carrying a gun. Bear spray should be carried in an easily accessible location, you need to know how to use it and be prepared to use it, as is discussed in this video about a grizzly bear that was successfully deterred using bear spray during a surprise encounter.

Current Warnings and Closures

-Bear Closure - Eau Claire Campground and surrounding area due to bear activity in the area.

-Bear Closure – Terrace Trail and a small portion of the Kovach trail on the very south end where it runs near the Terrace Trail due to bear activity.

-Bear Warning - Galatea Creek Trail due to a grizzly bear close encounter with bear spray deployed.

-Bear Warning - Kananaskis Country Golf Course and staff residence due to multiple black and grizzly bears in the area.

Here is a list of some additional Annual Closures in Kananaskis Country. Note that most of these annual closures ended on June 15.

*Bears are not only found in closure and warning areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

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

Several people have asked what to do with the fruit picked from trees and off the ground in their yards, as well as branches that have been broken off of their fruit trees by bears. Unwanted fruit can be put into the bear proof fruit bin, and branches can be placed in the yard waste bin, at the 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot in the Elk Run Industrial Park. If you are having trouble getting the hard-to-reach fruit up high, come and borrow a telescopic fruit picker from WildSmart, at the Biosphere Resource Centre in Canmore. Keep up the good work! Don’t forget to close and latch the bear proof garbage bins in your neighbourhood.

Bear proof fruit bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot

Bear proof fruit bin at 115 Boulder Crescent Recycling Depot

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

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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