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Bears and Berries

Buffalo Berry (Sheperdia Canadensis)

By late July, most people already know that bears are out and about in the Bow Valley. You may have also read about a bear who, while defending her cubs, attacked two people in Waiparous on Tuesday. In another incident on Wednesday evening two bikers encountered a bear on the Lowline Trail in Canmore. One of the bikers was injured while the other deployed bear spray to deter the bear. In a incident on Thursday, a bear bluff charged a mountain biker at the Nordic Centre.

Shepherdia Rainbow

All of these encounters should have you curious about how you can keep yourself and our local wildlife safe during this busy season full of humans and wildlife all trying to occupy the same spaces. One of the best ways to avoid close encounters is to learn more about the relationship between bears and berries in our area. Jay Honeyman, Local Human-Wildlife Conflict Biologist with Alberta Environment & Parks, gives us great insight into this relationship:

Jay mentions in the video the problems that can arise between bears and bikers as well: bikes move fast and quietly, and can increase the chances of surprising a bear. Right now, biking is considered a higher risk activity due to this increased chance of encounters, and there are no trails in the Bow Valley that are currently recommended for biking. If you must be out biking, stick to areas with high visibility and good sightlines, make LOTS OF NOISE (use your voice), travel in groups, slow down, watch for signs of wildlife (tracks and scat), and be prepared for chance encounters by learning to use bear spray and carrying it with you on your person. If you need a refresher on using bear spray, check this out:

For more information on avoiding encounters with bears and some best practices for handling close encounters, check out our Living Smart with Bears section.

As always, be WildSmart out there!

 

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Kananaskis Dispatch
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For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety: Trail Reports






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