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Wildlife Report December 2012


Cougar Activity

A young cougar has been seen walking through the neighborhoods of Cougar Creek and Benchland late at night over the past few days.

According to local wildlife trackers, 3 cougars traveled the south side corridors, one very large, most likely male, the other two were smaller , similar size tracks, may be siblings hunting together over the past couple of weeks.

Please walk pets on a leash and do not let your dogs out late at night without your supervision.  Always keep a close eye on small children.

Bear Activity

By this time of year many bears have gone into their den.  That being said a grizzly and her cubs were recently seen in the Black Prince area of Kananaskis Country.

In past years people have seen bears in Banff late in the year and just recently a couple in B.C. were attacked by a defensive grizzly and cubs.  It is always important to be WildSmart in all seasons.  Many of the behaviors that we ask you to follow to be safe around bears in spring; summer and fall are quite useful in avoiding encounters with wildlife that you will be sharing the woods with in winter.


Ungulate Activity

Deer mortalities continue to be high on unfenced sections of the highway.  Please be extra cautious in these areas and be aware that sometimes wildlife can get caught on the inside of the fence next to the highway.  Always drive with care for your safety and the wildlife that live here.

This holiday season when you have more time to take the family pet for a walk, please remember that deer and elk populations are entering into the most stressful and food deprived time of the year for them.  They are in need of space and chasing dogs can cause them to use precious calories they need to survive the winter.  We also have a very active cougar population who see your pet as prey and in past years we have lost several dogs to cougar predation.  Please be extra cautious to keep your family pets safe.

In the News!

Grizzly Bear 94 and her 3 cubs might have chosen a winter den she is not too keen to share. 

Learn more:

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.

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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