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Bear Activity: May 18 to May 24

BEAR SUMMARY FOR THE BOW VALLEY

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

For the period: May 18 to May 24, 2018

Welcome to the weekly bear report!

Summary

There continue to be reports of bears (mostly black bears) throughout the Bow Valley (on both sides of the valley), in and around Canmore in residential areas and in the nearby MD of Bighorn hamlets. Black bear tracks continue to be seen at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Family groups of bears have been reported this week on the south side of the valley so please give them lots of space, as mother bears can be extremely protective of their cubs! You can reduce the risk of bear encounters if you remain vigilant when recreating outdoors! Make lots of noise to alert animals of your presence, travel in groups, be aware of your surroundings and recognize signs of wildlife (i.e. tracks/scat), and carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it. Bear spray should be carried while walking on the trails in and around town.

This recent article is a reminder to keep dogs on-leash and under control at all times.

The vegetation is greening up, resulting in more food options for bears away from the valley bottoms. We should start seeing them move into forested areas, as opposed to the valley bottoms where they have been concentrated since emerging from their dens. We may still see wildlife along the highways so motorists should obey speed limits and constantly scan for wildlife feeding in the ditches. We want all motorists to travel safely and help protect our wildlife by understanding that the likelihood of encountering wildlife on or close to the road is increased during the spring season.

Photo by Jamin Mulvey

Photo by Jamin Mulvey

If you must stop on roadways to view wildlife, take your picture from a distance and move on. Do not linger at the location and never exit your vehicle to take a picture. Never feed wildlife or encourage wildlife to come closer to your vehicle.

Another reminder that it is elk calving season! This means that there are going to be some spotted fawns running around soon! It also means that we need to be very vigilant of mother elk and their calves who may be hiding in dense vegetation. Leave at least 30 meters of space between yourself and all elk. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash. Mother elk can become very defensive if they feel threatened.

Warning Elk Calving Season

Current Warnings and Closures

-Bear Warning - The Kananaskis Country Golf Course including the staff housing area, parking lots, the Club House and other buildings, and the golf course maintenance compound due to multiple grizzly bears frequenting the area.

-Bear Closure - Banff Valleyview Trails and vicinity bordered by Mountain Avenue, The Banff Springs Hotel and Rimrock Resort due to a female black bear with cubs displaying defensive aggressive behaviour in area.

-There is an ongoing Seasonal Wildlife Closure on the trails within the designated wildlife corridor in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park adjacent to the Canmore Nordic Centre.

*Bears are not only found in closure and warning areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

A complete list of all warnings and closures are available here for anyone visiting Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks.

A complete list of all 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 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

A few female grizzly bears have already been spotted with new ‘boyfriends’ in Kananaskis Country! Mating season has started and will go until early July. Give these grizzly bears extra space and the privacy they deserve!

Please remember BEARS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

Photo courtesy of Amar Athwal
Photo by Jamin Mulvey
Photo courtesy of Jack Borno





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