BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY
(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
For the Period: August 19 to August 25, 2016
Welcome to the ongoing weekly bear reports for 2016.
The reports that we’re seeing of Bow Valley bears this week suggest that our bears are on the move looking for food. This week bears have been seen all over the Bow Valley but an increasing number of them have been making the transition back and forth along the southside of the valley, by the Engine Bridge, Rundleview Drive and Three Sisters Drive. Help keep our bears moving through these busy places, rather than hanging out in your neighbourhood. Check your yards for attractants: clean your bbq, put away any garbage, pick any fruit or replace your fruit tree.
There have also been many reports of bears in the campground and community of Lacs Des Arcs. If you are driving on the highway in that area please slow down in low visibility areas and be aware that bears are frequently trying to cross the highway in this area.
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. Areas east of the horse corral.
-Bear Warning: Area and trails south and west of the Canmore Nordic Centre, including Grassi Lakes trails and climbing area and areas near Quarry Lake
-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Trails: Killer Bees, Backdoor Ziggys and Nector Noodles
-Bear Warning: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Grassi Lakes Day Use area and surrounding land
-Bear Warning: Bow Valley Wildlands Provincial Park including Highline Trail, East and West Connector Trails
-Bear Warning: Lowline Trail from Peaks of Grassi to three sister subdivision, including powerline
-Bear Warning: Yamnuska day use area and mountain trail
-Bear Warning: “Quebexican” bike trail between Stewart Creek Golf Course and Wind Valley
-Bear Warning: Old Sisters Haul Road located below the Stewart Creek Golf Course
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
Do you love our bears? Want to help keep them safe and wild? There is a lot of stuff you can do. This year the Town of Canmore is starting up a new voluntary fruit tree removal program. You could have your crabapple tree removed and replaced with a non-fruiting tree for free (free stuff, yahoooo!). Don’t want to replace your tree? Get out there and pick your fruit (it makes yummy jam), you could even offer to help a neighbour or friend! WildSmart has fruit picking equipment available to borrow (yahoo, more free stuff!) to anyone who is picking their trees, e-mail email@example.com to arrange a time to borrow the equipment. Crabapples that aren’t being eaten can be dropped off at Boulder Crescent Recycling (115 Boulder Cres) where they can be placed in bear proof bins and will be composted.
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; carry bear spray; know how to use it; and obey warnings and closures.