BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the period April 16 to 22, 2010
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 diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.
It is spring and female bears with cubs are slowly emerging from their dens. While cubs are unable to walk at birth, within 5 to 6 weeks young cubs are mobile. The real challenge comes once out of the den when they are required to navigate rivers, steep embankments, logs and in places like the Bow valley, highways, campgrounds and residential areas. This can be a big deal when you only weigh 10 to 20 pounds in the spring. Cubs of the year will grow to be 50 to 80 pounds by the end of summer if all goes well.
Bear Activity Trends
There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights / Benchlands, Silvertip, Mt. Lady MacDonald, Alpine Club and Bow Flats Zones this week. There were no reports of black bears this week. An unknown female bear with two young of year cubs was seen crossing the 1A between Gap Hill and Bow Flats Zones.
Consider attending the Toxic roundup this Saturday, April 24 between 10 am and 4 pm at the Town of Canmore Public Works building (100 Glacier Drive). Bow Valley Wildsmart will be there offering 10 % discounts towards the purchase of a new can of bear spray when you bring in your old expired can.
Bear Cautions/ Closures
Please report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Bear Warnings and Closures please visit tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx
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Report all bear sightings to
For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/trailreport.aspx