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Wildlife Activity Report: April 2011

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)
The following summary is based upon wildlife information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public. It is not intended to be used as a real time, complete record of where wildlife is in the valley.
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 wildlife activity such as scats, tracks, and diggings. Make lots of noise while recreating.  Hike, ski and snowshoe in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.


Education Tidbit

Hibernation is the physiological process that allows bears to sleep the winter away. Their heart and metabolic rates decrease approximately 80%, and their body temperature decreases by about 5 degrees Celsius. Hibernation is a dynamic state, where the metabolic rate and state of comatose fluctuates over time. When hibernation is light, bears will wake up. This awakening occurs periodically during the winter.



Wildlife Activity

Grizzly bears are currently denning in Kananaskis  Country and the Bow Valley.  Soon Alberta Parks volunteer Bear Monitors, Conservation Officers and the Wind River Bear Institute staff will be out with telemetry to see if any of the collared or ear tagged grizzly bears have woken from their dens and moved into the valley bottoms.

There has been some cougar activity in the Silver Tip area of Canmore.  A female cougar and her two 70 pound kittens have been seen feeding on a deer carcass.  Officials did not receive reports of the cougar in the area until several days after the first sighting.  To increase safety and awareness in our community, please report cougar sightings.  If a carcass is found near residential areas, officers will often move it to a more secluded area for the cat to continue feeding.

This is the time of year that deer populations are most food stressed.  The hard crusted snow makes it difficult for them to access vegetation.  Often this leads deer to come closer to town and feed in residential areas.  Please give them lots of space and walk pets on leash.


Important Notes

If you encounter an animal (elk, deer, wolf, cougar etc) on the trail or close to you, leave the area. This will prevent the animal from getting used to people. If the animal does approach you, increase your distance. If it persists, try and appear large and speak firmly to the animal. Pick up a large stick if one is handy. Prepare your bear spray and discharge it in the animal’s face if necessary.


Wildlife Cautions/ Closures

Please report all incidents of aggressive coyotes as well as cougar or other unusual wildlife sightings to 403-591-7755. For current postings of Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit



Important Note:

Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.

Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories and Public Safety

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