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Wildlife Activity: two weeks preceding March 12, 2010

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the two weeks preceding March 12, 2010

The following summary is based upon wildlife information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public over the last two weeks. 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 in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

The Alberta government has recently released a status report on grizzly bear numbers in the province. To read the report please go to The lead researcher of the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Program, Gordon Stenhouse, will be in the Bow Valley next week speaking on that research and other issues pertaining to grizzly bear populations in Alberta. This presentation is part of the ongoing WildSmart Speaker series hosted by Bow Valley WildSmart. It will occur at 7 pm on March 16, 2010 at the Canmore Collegiate High School. Admission is free – donations accepted.

Wildlife Activity

Wildlife activity in the valley is relatively quiet from the perspective of interactions with people. Coyote sightings continue to occur but there have been no unusual interactions reported. Bear tracks were observed in the Pigeon Mountain area last week. Its not clear if this bear will go back into its den or not. This does serve as a reminder to be aware of wildlife activity at any time of the year.

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 bear/ cougar or 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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