BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: September 16 to September 22, 2016
Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.
The bears are still active, even though this week saw very few reported sightings in the Bow Valley. Some grizzly bears may have started moving up to higher elevations in search of available food sources, but black bears continue to forage in the montane and sub-alpine eco-zones.
This was witnessed this past week when a black bear was removed from the Cougar Creek area of Canmore on September 20th after gaining access to apple trees. Removing fruit from trees can help wildlife focus on natural food sources which they are well-equipped to find. For this bear, being tempted by an easy food source has drastically changed its life forever. To keep this from happening we can remove all of the attractants from our yards. If you need help reaching fruit at the tops of trees, contact us to borrow one of our extending fruit-picking tools.
Current Bow Valley Closures and Warnings
-Bear Closure: Lacs Des Arcs Campground and Day Use Area. The boat launch and access road to the boat launch are open.
-Bear Warning: Lacs Des Arcs Community
-Bear Warning: Camp Chief Hector, horse corrals, surrounding trails and areas east of the horse corral.
Additional bear warnings and closures available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.
For more information on areas in the Bow Valley frequented by bears at this time of year visit our 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
Have you taken a positive step towards living safely with our local wildlife? Why not tell us about it?! The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley (the charity that manages the WildSmart program) is doing a draw on October 1st for an iPad Air as part of our Small Steps campaign!
All you have to do is take a Small Step towards sustainability in our community, take a picture of yourself practicing that Small Step, and enter it HERE. Maybe you picked fruit from a tree (and made crab apple liqueurs like Tyler, above); maybe you had a friendly conversation with neighbours about keeping wildlife safe; or maybe you did something new we haven’t even thought of yet!
Whatever your Small Step, be sure to enter to show how all of our small actions can make big changes!
Please remember 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; learn to use bear spray and carry it with you; and obey warnings and closures.