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

For all public safety
emergencies call 9-1-1


Special Notice: Bears are actively feeding on berry bushes in the valley bottoms.

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If you had to eat up to 200,000 berries a day to survive, you may not be as aware of your surroundings.  Be kind to the bears by making loud noise frequently so you do not surprise them and potentially cause a defensive attack.  Be extra cautious when you are in areas with berries, poor site lines or near water or high winds.   Bears may not hear you coming as easily.



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How to be WildSmart in the woods


Make noise often

Travel in groups

Be aware of your surrounding by not wearing ear buds

Look around and behind you often

Keep your dog on a leash

Look for signs of a bear in the area, such as scat, tracks or diggings

Carry bear spray on your body and know how to use it

Avoid areas with poor site lines and make extra noise when in berry patches, close to water or high winds



Appropriate wildlife reporting is critical to maintain a level of safety for humans and wildlife. Thus, it is important to understand when wildlife sightings should be reported, who they should be reported to, and what happens when a report is made.

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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves to:

Kananaskis Emergency Services Centre at 403.591.7755 (Local)

For all public safety emergencies call 9-1-1

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Check out this video on how to use bear spray:


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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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