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WildSmart provides a monthly summary of wildlife activity in the Bow Valley between Banff Park Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park. The summary is based upon a compilation of wildlife information provided by government agencies and wildlife activity reported by the public.

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Bear Activity: November 24 to November 30


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

For the period: November 24 to November 30, 2017

Welcome to the last weekly bear report of 2017!


As most of the bears are now moving into their dens, this will be the last bear report for the season. There have not been any reported sightings of bears in the Bow Valley this past week but there continue to be reports of grizzly bears in surrounding areas. Collared bear data is showing that most of the female grizzly bears are at or in their dens.

Photo courtesy of Jack Borno

Photo courtesy of Jack Borno

Bears may be going to sleep for the winter but that does not mean we should become complacent when recreating outdoors. Other wildlife such as cougars, wolves, coyotes and elk will be out and about throughout the winter so we all need to remain vigilant and be prepared for encounters. You never know when you might come face-to-face with a cougar. Remember to carry bear spray, know how to use it and use it if required. Bear spray should be carried year-round and is also effective against non-hibernating wildlife such as cougars, wolves, coyotes and elk.

Warnings and Closures

Cougar Warning – Votiers Flats Area in Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary. There is still a cougar in the area.

*There are NO warnings or closures in the Bow Valley (east of the Banff park gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park) but that does NOT mean that there are no bears in these areas. You should always remain alert while walking, hiking, running, skiing and biking, and remember that bears can be encountered anytime, anywhere!

Additional 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

Don’t forget about our upcoming Speaker Series event on Wednesday, December 6th. We will be screening the film ‘Bison Return’ at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre. This documentary created by Fireweed Creative, is about the bison reintroduction in Banff National Park. Doors open at 6:30pm and the film screening starts at 7pm. The film will be followed by a short presentation from Caroline Hedin, the Parks Canada Bison Public Outreach Officer, on the current status of the Banff bison and what the next steps are for the bison. This is a free event but donations are very much appreciated.

Special thanks goes out to our event sponsors, Lafarge Canada and the Rotary Club of Canmore for their generous support of our speaker series!

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We will continue to use this mailing list to send out updates on wildlife activity, as well as WildSmart News and Events such as upcoming Speaker Series presentations, Volunteer Wildlife Ambassador recruitment and general interest items. Also keep an eye on the WildSmart Facebook page for updates on Bow Valley wildlife throughout the winter.

We look forward to starting the weekly bear reports again in the spring of 2018!


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