Bear Sightings: October 6 - October 12, 2017

Park Trail - Day-use area - Campground Species Date
Banff Bath Creek Grizzly Bear Oct/10
Banff 93 North - Bow Lake Black Bear Oct/09

Current wildlife warnings and closures

Banff National Park

WARNING - Elk rutting season has begun
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY - Sunshine Meadows, Citadel Pass and Healy Pass Areas of Banff National Park

Yoho National Park

LIMITED ACCESS: McArthur Creek Valley
RESTRICTION: Remote motion-activated trail cameras: research permit required
AREA CLOSURE: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau

Kootenay National Park 

RESTRICTION: Remote motion-activated trail cameras: research permit required
RESTRICTION: Sinclair Creek – Kindersley Pass Trail, minimum group size of four people

Link of the week

Black bears - Biology

Safety

Prepare. Be aware. Let bears know you're there.

Prepare - carry bear spray & know how to handle an encounter 
Be aware - look ahead & watch for tracks, droppings, and diggings 
Let bears know you’re there - travel in a group & make noise 

Bears are extremely sensitive to the stress of human activity. You can help protect these animals by avoiding encounters with them.

  • Make noise! Let bears know you're there. Call out, clap, sing or talk loudly especially near streams, dense vegetation and berry patches, on windy days, and in areas of low visibility. Bear bells are ineffective.
  • Watch for fresh bear sign. Tracks, droppings, diggings, torn-up logs and turned-over rocks are all signs that a bear has been in the area. Leave the area if the signs are fresh.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times or leave it at home. Dogs can provoke defensive behaviour in bears.
  • Larger size groups are less likely to have a serious bear encounter. We recommend hiking in a tight group of four or more. Never let children wander.
  • Use officially marked paths and trails and travel during daylight hours.
  • If you come across a large dead animal, leave the area immediately and report it to park staff.
  • Dispose of fish offal in fast moving streams or the deep part of a lake, never along stream sides or lake shores.