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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
July 21, 2016

Grizzly Bears, July 14, 2016  © Parks Canada / E. Cardinal

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Grizzly bears: habitat

Current related warnings and closures

It’s Berry Season

Minnewanka Area Seasonal Trail Restrictions 
Wolf Warning: Bow Valley

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: July 14 to 21, 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 Corral Creek Grizzly Bear Jul-20
Banff Moraine Lake Grizzly Bear Jul-20
Banff Helen Lake Trail Grizzly Bear Jul-20
Banff 1a - Morantz Curve Grizzly Bear Jul-20
Banff 1a - Fire Side Black Bear Jul-20
Banff 93 North - Bow Lake Grizzly Bear Jul-19
Banff Vermilion Lakes Road Black Bear Jul-19
Banff Cascade Overflow Campground Black Bear Jul-19
Banff Sulphur Mt Trail Backside Grizzly Bear Jul-19
Banff Cave And Basin Grizzly Bear Jul-19
Banff 1a - Outlet Creek Grizzly Bear Jul-18
Kootenay Marble Canyon Campground Black Bear Jul-18
Yoho Boulder Creek Compound Black Bear Jul-18
Banff 1a - Moose Meadows Grizzly Bear Jul-18
Banff Lake Louise Townsite Grizzly Bear Jul-18
Banff Hillsdale Black Bear Jul-17
Banff Sundance Canyon Grizzly Bear Jul-17
Banff Hoodoos Viewpoint Picnic Black Bear Jul-16
Banff Vermilion Lakes Road Grizzly Bear Jul-16
Banff Lake Louise Campground Grizzly Bear Jul-16
Banff Crowfoot Glacier Black Bear Jul-15
Banff Niblock Pit Grizzly Bear Jul-15
Banff Protection Mountain Campground Grizzly Bear Jul-15
Banff Castle Mountain Campground Black Bear Jul-15
Banff Johnston Canyon Unknown species Jul-15
Banff Saskatchewan Crossing Resort Fc Lodge Black Bear Jul-15
Banff Johnson Lake Black Bear Jul-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