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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
September 23, 2016

Grizzly footprint in the mud.  © Parks Canada / M. Macullo

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Grizzly Bears: Food

Current related warnings and closures

GROUP ACCESS: Moraine Lake area trails
GROUP ACCESS: Moraine Lake Highline
CLOSURE: Upper Bryant Creek Valley 
AREA CLOSURE : LM31 Campground, Lake Minnewanka
BEAR WARNING : LM20 and LM22 Campgrounds
WOLF WARNING: Townsite of Banff 

RESTRICTION: Sinclair Creek and Kindersley Pass Trail - Group of 4

AREA CLOSED: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau

Bear sightings: September 16 to 22, 2016

If you see a bear, please let us know! Call Park Dispatch (24 hrs) at 403-762-1470.

The bear report does not indicate "where the bears are" but "where bears have been recently seen". Fewer sightings means fewer observations, not necessarily fewer bears. Bears move around and may be seen anywhere, anytime, even close to town.

Park Trail - Day-use area - Campground Species Date
Banff 93 North - Herbert Lake Grizzly Bear Sep-22
Banff Protection Mountain Campground Grizzly Bear Sep-20
Yoho Field Black Bear Sep-19
Banff Helmet Creek Trail Grizzly Bear Sep-19
Banff Sunshine Twin Cairns Grizzly Bear Sep-18
Banff Sulphur Mt Trail Grizzly Bear Sep-18
Banff Baker Creek Grizzly Bear Sep-18
Banff 1a - Moose Meadows Grizzly Bear Sep-16
Banff Sunshine Wawa Ridge Unknown species Sep-16
Banff Sulphur Mt Trail Unknown species Sep-16
Banff Saddleback Trail Grizzly Bear Sep-16
Banff Saddle Pass Trail Grizzly Bear Sep-16
Banff Lake Agnes Trail Grizzly Bear Sep-16

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