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Bear Activity: September 30 to October 6

Keep your yard bear free by placing pumpkins in windows

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

For the Period: September 30 to October 6, 2016

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.


It’s the season of ornamental gourds, pumpkin pie and wool sweaters. As children (and let’s be honest, adults too) get excited to carve pumpkins, please remember that pumpkins are a wildlife attractant. Place pumpkins inside windows where trick-or-treaters can still enjoy them, but you won’t end up with a nasty fright if a bear shows up on your doorstep.

bear and pumpkin

A resident bear at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center cuddling/eating/playing with a pumpkin

pumpkin in a window

Keep your yard bear free, place pumpkins in windows

Some sad news out of Banff this week, a female bear was killed on the railway on the evening of the 27th. Her cub, born this spring, seemed uninjured during the incident. Cubs usually stay with their mother for the first two years of their life, as a result the chances of her cub surviving the winter are uncertain.

Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings

-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

It’s snowing!! Which according to our co-worker is some REALLY paws-itive news! However if you’re not running out to the mountains or up to the Nordic Centre with your skis every night, come check the first talk in our WildSmart Speaker Series on October 19th – 7 pm at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre!

Do you try and avoid bears while you’re out recreating? Did you know that some bears also try to avoid you?! Cheryl Hojnowski, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley will be talking about the separation (or lack there-of) between people and bears in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country. Her talk will present the results from a collaborative project between Alberta Parks and the University of California, Berkeley, aimed at improving our understanding of whether and how bears modify their behaviour to avoid people in front-country habitats in Peter Lougheed Park and the Kananaskis Valley.


Speaker Series Oct 19 talk for bear report




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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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