Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Management in Action

Education

Bear education program in Jasper National Park © Parks Canada / M. Horsley
Bear education program in Jasper National Park.

Banff Bear Guardians

Bear Guardians in Banff National Park play an important role in managing active bear jams along busy park roads and in providing information to visitors about bears and how to view them respectfully and safely.

Jasper Wildlife Guardians

Following on the success of the Banff Bear Guardian program, Jasper’s Wildlife Guardians monitor wildlife jams of all types and provide the same valuable information on how to view these animals responsibly.

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Resources

Bears: An Online Exhibit  

  • Bears is an online exhibit created in partnership by Parks Canada and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. It includes a Researcher’s Guide, Bears in Art, Learning with Y2Y, Bear Zoology and a Teacher’s Guide.

A Helping Hand for the Black Bear 

  • Learn about bears outside of the Rocky Mountain national parks through this interactive activity about the population, habitat, diet and adaptation of black bears in La Mauricie National Park

Community Programs 

In the parks, Visitor Centres, trailhead kiosks, and park interpreters are great resources when it comes to bear information.

Park web sites provide bear safety information and updates on bear-related warnings, restrictions or closures. Check for interpretive program schedules, special events, and volunteer opportunities.

Glossary

What is aversive conditioning? Become an expert in bear management lingo with the help of these quick definitions.