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

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Bear Activity: September 6 to September 12, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  September 6 to September 12, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

There were no reports of bears in the Bow Valley this past week.  Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

Education Tidbit

While there were no bears reported this past week in the valley, please be aware that they are still likely around. Dont let your guard down and still be prepared and know what to do in an encounter. We are aware that most of our collared grizzly bears further south in the Kananaskis Valley have moved up higher into the back country. These bears are feeding on roots and corms. This is still a common time of year, however, to encounter black bears feeding along the Bow River looking for dogwood, chokecherries, and wolf willow seed pods to feed on.  As such, they can be expected to still be using the trail systems in the valley to get from point A to B.  Be aware, particularly at dawn and dusk, of berry bushes and ornamental fruit trees being fed on (broken branches and berries on the ground), scat on the trail and the presence of gut piles from successfully hunted animals in those areas where hunting is allowed. The hunting season has begun.

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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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