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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
May 21, 2015

Rundle Riverside, Banff

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Comparing Black Bears and Grizzly Bears

Current related warnings and closures

AREA CLOSED: Olive Lake day use area 
WARNING: Female Grizzly bear with cubs and several black bears frequenting the area. 
AREA CLOSED: The hill side portion of the south-bound Olive Lake brake check pull out in Kootenay National Park

Bear sightings: May 14 - May 20, 2015

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 Banff Townsite Black Bear May-20
Banff Sundance Canyon Black Bear May-19
Banff Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Campground Black Bear May-19
Banff 1a - Sawback Black Bear May-18
Banff Spray River Loop Grizzly May-18
Banff Cave And Basin Grizzly May-18
Banff 1a - Hillsdale Black Bear May-17
Banff Minnewanka Road - Two Jack Lake Day Use Area Black Bear May-17
Banff 1a - Johnston Canyon Black Bear May-17
Banff 1a - Hillsdale Grizzly May-17
Banff Mount Norquay Ski Area Grizzly May-17
Banff Spray River Sp-6 Campsite Grizzly May-17
Banff 1a - Moose Meadows Black Bear May-16
Banff Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Campground Grizzly May-16
Banff Castle Mountain Campground Black Bear May-14

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