BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: September 9 to 15, 2011
The following 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.
BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
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 pepper spray; and obey closures.
As discussed last week, hunting season is now here in many parts of the Bow valley and Kananaskis Country. There have been a couple of incidents this week of hunters successfully killing animals and being unable to remove all of the meat due to darkness approaching at the end of the day. Upon returning in the morning bears were discovered feeding on the animals. To the credit of the hunting parties, they moved off and let the bear(s) have the animal. This is a good reminder that if you have to leave a portion of the animal overnight, one should expect bear activity the next morning. So ensure that wherever the animal is left overnight, you have a good visual of the area from a long distance away so you are able to determine if there is bear activity or not when you return the next morning. Pending the circumstances, it may be possible to be reissued another hunting tag from an Officer.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been no grizzly activity reported in the Bow Valley this week. Black bear activity has been reported at Harvie Heights West, Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Rundleview, Bow River Channel, Deadmans Flats, Exshaw, Lac des Arcs, Yamnuska, YMCA and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones.
Bears are moving into residential areas of the Bow Valley to feed on ornamental fruit trees and other foods. Please be cautious when walking around town and keep dogs on leash.
Bear Cautions and Closures
Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.
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For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx