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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: June 16 to June 22

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

***Update*** As of Friday afternoon (June 23rd):

  • there is now a bear warning for the Legacy Trail
  • bears have been reported near the Quarry Lake Dog Park. Officials advise picking up after your dog, as their feces is an attractant.
  • bears have been reported at our local golf courses
  • remember to carry bear spray while recreating outdoors

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

For the period: June 16 to June 22 2017

Summary

Yesterday, a grizzly bear was reported close to the Legacy Trail east of the park gates. If you are biking or walking on the Legacy Trail carry bear spray, make lots of noise and travel in groups. If you encounter a bear, prepare to use your bear spray, get off your bike, back away slowly, and keep your bike between you and the bear. Do not try to out-cycle a bear. You can always take the bus to Banff instead!

Black bears as well as a few grizzly bears have been reported around the Bow Valley (including in town) this week. Bears continue to be drawn into town by elk calving and by a current lack of high caloric natural food. Help keep bears wild and everyone safe by removing yard attractants. There have been reports of mothers with cubs. In addition, it is bear mating season which means that if you see two or more bears together (mom with cubs or a mating pair) give them LOTS of space!

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In Banff last week, there was an incident of a bear biting a car’s tire during a bear jam. The bear may have been stressed by the close proximity of cars and people outside of their vehicles. This is an excellent reminder that if you notice wildlife on the side of  the road please slow down, but do not stop. If you must stop, make it brief and stay in your vehicle.

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

Current Warnings and Closures

It is elk calving season. Mother elk are very protective and can aggressively defend their calves, which may be hidden in thick vegetation. Be aware of your surroundings, even on popular and well visited trails around town. If you see a mother elk and calf do not approach and make sure to give them lots of space!

-Bear Warning: The Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff. Grizzly bear in area.

-Bear Warning: Skogan Pass Trail, on the TCH side. On June 16th a group of hikers had an interaction with a bear resulting in the deployment of bear spray.

-Bear Warning: Grassi Lakes Day Use Area and Trails. Multiple grizzly bear and black bear sightings on and near the trails.

-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.

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

Now a little bit of gossip from the bear world. We’ve heard that grizzly bear 139 was caught on camera diving into a lake in Kananaskis Country and emerging with a live bull trout before fleeing with her prize. There was some talk among park staff of ticketing her for fishing without a license, but no one expects her to show up for a court date (lol).

Bear 139 before her on camera fishing success

Bear 139 before her on-camera fishing success

 

 

Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to check out the new Living with Wildlife video, here it is!

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

Photo by: Jamin Mulvey
Bear 139 eating dandelions. His natural food for this time of year. Photo by: Jamin Mulvey
Brown bear fishing for salmon (waiting for a salmon to practically jump into its mouth) Photo by Jamin Mulvey
Here is an example of a proper backcountry camp set-up
The Far Side by Gary Larson





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