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Bear Activity

WildSmart provides a weekly summary of bear activity in the Bow Valley between Banff Park Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park. The summary is based upon a compilation of bear information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public each week.

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Bear Activity: August 11 to August 17

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period: August 11 to August 17 2017

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

There continues to be lots of bear activity in the Bow Valley, resulting in new and continued warnings and closures. Berries can still be found in the bottom of the valleys, so current closures remain in place, however berries are starting to ripen at higher elevations so people should expect to see bears in both the valleys and at higher elevations. You can reduce the risk of bear encounters if you remain vigilant when recreating outdoors, make lots of noise, travel in groups, keep dogs on leash,  obey warnings and closures, and carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it.

You can help decrease human-wildlife conflict by removing wildlife attractants such as buffaloberry and other fruit-bearing plants such as crabapple, pin cherry, or mountain ash berry trees from your yard (please only remove them from your own yard). These attractants bring wildlife and humans close together, creating a concern for public and wildlife safety. The Town of Canmore removed buffaloberry from Town lands in the Peaks of Grassi last week. The best practice is to remove fruit bearing trees and shrubs from your yard, however if you decide to keep your fruit bearing trees and shrubs, please ensure the fruit is removed. This will help keep bears and other wildlife out of residential areas. You can borrow fruit picking equipment from WildSmart; please contact us at info@wildsmart.ca. What to do with the crabapples? Use them to make delicious jams, jellies and baked goods.

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Just a heads up that Alta Link will continue doing transmission line vegetation management near Lawrence Grassi Ridge until September 5. This area is their right of way and is regularly cut in order to prevent unwanted contact and interference with transmission lines. Click on the image below for more information.

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Warnings and Closures

An Area Closure is still in effect for the Area surrounding Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails, Powerline and select areas between Rundle Canal and Three Sisters Golf Course, and various trails. This is due to a bear encounter that resulted in injuries and numerous bears feeding on berries in the area. The immediate areas around and including Quarry Lake and the main meadow of the off-leash dog park (see red map below) are open.

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There is still a bear warning at the Canmore Nordic Centre (see yellow map below) due to numerous bears in the area feeding on berries.

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-Bear Warning: Heart Creek Trail and Day Use Area due to numerous sightings of black bears that have been reported along the Heart Creek Trail and Parking Lot. The bears have been reported feeding on vegetation.

-Bear Closure: Spray Lakes Day Use Area and the shoreline of Spray Lakes below the facility. A grizzly bear is feeding on a carcass and on ripe buffaloberries in the area.

-Bear Closure: Hidden Trail, Coal Mine Trail and Centennial Ridge Trail. A grizzly bear with two young of the year cubs’ bluff charged hikers in the area.  Also a black bear with two yearling cubs is in the area. Grizzly and black bears are frequenting the area to feed on an abundant buffalo berry crop.

-Bear Closure: Kananaskis Village Surrounding Trails. A grizzly bear with two cubs bluff charged hikers in the area and numerous bears feeding on berries.

-Bear Warning: Kananaskis Valley Watershed and surrounding Parks. Numerous bears feeding on berries.

-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Watershed and surrounding Parks. Numerous bears feeding on berries.

-Bear Warning: Spray Valley Watershed and surrounding Parks. Numerous bears feeding on berries.

-Bear Warning: Spray Lakes West Campground, roadways and surrounding area. Black bear feeding on ripe Buffaloberries. 

-There are numerous warnings in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, please see the links below.

Additional bear warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

Additional warnings and closures are available here for Banff National Park.

For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit the human-bear conflict summary map.

The information above 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.

And Now some Paws-itive News

Some good news this week, the collared male grizzly bear that was hit by a vehicle near Lac des Arcs 3 weeks ago has recently been seen up in the Spray Lakes area feeding on berries and gaining weight!

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During the past few weeks, the Town of Canmore has removed 25 crabapple trees from participating residences as part of their Voluntary Fruit Tree Removal program! This means that over the last two years, 56 fruit trees have been removed from residential yards in Canmore and replaced with non-fruit bearing varieties in an effort to reduce human-wildlife conflict in these neighbourhoods.

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

Some of the fantastic volunteers who came out to help on Tuesday!
Pre or Post berry season scat
Otis the winner of the
A can of bear spray which exploded while being left in the car on a hot day
Photo by: Jamin Mulvey





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