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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
August 18, 2016


Near Lake Louise Campground  © Parks Canada / A. Taylor 

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Wildlife Crossing Structures 

Current related warnings and closures

It’s Berry Season

Trail closure: Upper Bryant Creek Valley 
Allenby Pass - Seasonal trail restriction 
Grizzly bear Warning
Wolf Warning: Townsite of Banff
Bear Warning - Tramline Trail, Bow River Trail, Louise Creek Trail, and Lake Louise Campground area
Minnewanka Area Seasonal Trail Restrictions 
Wolf Warning: Bow Valley

Bear Warning - Kootenay Park Lodge
Bear Warning - Marble Canyon Campground
Restricted Activity Order: Sinclair Creek and Kindersley Pass Trail - Group of 4

Area Closed: McArthur Creek Valley 
Area Closed: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau

Bear sightings: Aug 11 to 17, 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 Two Jack Lakeside Campground Black bear Aug-17
Banff Hwy 1A - Protection Mountain Black bear with offspring Aug-17
Banff Hwy 93N - Herbert Lake Black bear Aug-17
Banff Lake Louise Area Grizzly Aug-17
Kootenay Kindersley Pass Trail Grizzly Aug-17
Banff Lake Louise Drive Grizzly Aug-16
Banff Lake Louise Townsite Grizzly Aug-16
Banff Hwy 1A - Castle Junction Black bear Aug-16
Banff Hwy 1A - Corral Creek Black bear Aug-16
Banff Hwy 93N - Saskatchewan Crossing Black bear Aug-16
Banff Minnewanka Road - Two Jack Lake Day Use Area Black bear Aug-16
Banff Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Grizzly Aug-16
Banff Goat Creek Trail Grizzly Aug-16
Banff Norquay Ski Area Grizzly Aug-16
Banff Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground Black bear Aug-16
Yoho Yoho Valley Black bear Aug-16
Banff Lake Louise Campground Grizzly Aug-15
Banff Stewart Canyon Black bear Aug-15
Banff Sulphur Mountain Fire Road Black bear Aug-15
Banff Cory Pass Black bear with offspring Aug-15
Banff Cave and Basin NHS Black bear Aug-15
Banff Wonder Pass Black bear Aug-14
Banff Niblock Quarry Black bear Aug-14
Banff Chephren Lake Grizzly Aug-13
Banff Hwy 1A - Outlet Creek Grizzly Aug-13
Banff Sulphur Mountain Trail Black bear Aug-13
Banff Bow Summit Grizzly Aug-13
Banff Mount Stoney Squaw Grizzly Aug-13
Banff Johnston Canyon Campground Black bear Aug-12
Banff Vermilion Lakes Black bear Aug-12
Banff Herbert Lake Black bear Aug-11
Banff Lake Louise - Fish Lakes Road Grizzly Aug-11
Banff Hwy 1A - Baker Creek Black bear Aug-11
Banff Johnston Canyon Grizzly Aug-11
Banff Castle Mountain Campground Grizzly Aug-11
Banff Rockbound Lake Trail Grizzly Aug-11

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