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Bear Activity: September 4 to 10, 2015

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

For the Period: September 4 to 10, 2015

Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2015.

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity continues to be a daily occurrence in Canmore. The majority of sightings are on the north side of the valley between Silvertip and the Alpine Club. The bears are being drawn in by the numerous fruit trees including crabapple and mountain ash trees.  Two more bears were relocated this week and one was put down because of multiple incidents with garbage and fruit trees. With the continued bear activity , at all hours of the day, it is especially important to carry bear spray even when walking in residential areas and on the trails in town.

A warning sign was put up at the engine bridge in Canmore last week and is still in effect at this time.  Black bear reports in the Canmore area include Cougar Creek/Eagle Terrace, Silvertip, Georgetown, North Canmore, Rundleview, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Lac Des Arc, Yamnuska and YMCA.

There have been a few grizzly bear reports in the Silvertip and Cougar Creek/ Eagle Terrace areas of Canmore this week.

Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the following link:

We are interested in your feedback related to these weekly summaries.  If you have comments please let us know – it helps to make the information of greater value.  If you would like to provide feedback, you can take the quick survey below.


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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