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Bear Activity: September 29 to October 5


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

For the period: September 29 to October 5

Welcome to the weekly bear report!


This week black bears have been seen and reported on both sides of the valley in residential neighbourhoods. As the berry season draws to an end, these bears are looking for easily accessible food. Please help keep these bears safe, wild and on the landscape by removing any yard attractants. These include fruit, grease on bbqs, pet food and garbage. Many hands make light work, so if you have family or friends visiting, have them help pick the fruit from your yard, if you haven’t already done so! If you are unable to reach the fruit up high, you can borrow a telescopic fruit picker from WildSmart. Don’t forget to close and latch the bear proof garbage bins in your neighbourhood.


Many recent reports of grizzly bears have been at higher elevations. Remember while you’re out recreating that bears can be seen anytime, anywhere. Be loud, travel in groups, keep pets on leash and carry bear spray.

Elk frequently hang out in wide open fields such as school yards and playing fields around town. An idea for parents: have a conversation with your children about giving wildlife lots of space, calmly leaving the area if they see elk or other wildlife and telling an adult.

Warnings and Closures

*There are no current warnings or closures in the Bow Valley (east of the Banff park gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park).

There are additional warnings and closures in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below.

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

Additional 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 the 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

‘Living with Wildlife’ by local filmmaker Leanne Allison, has been selected to be shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out on the big screen on Sunday, Oct. 29th at 7:30pm in the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre. Get your tickets early because, as with most things at the BMFF, shows sell out fast! You can also watch the movie on our website by clicking on the picture below.

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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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