Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay Bear Update: October 28, 2013

Bear Report 

Grizzly bear feeding on an elk carcass, Banff National Park. 
© S. Michel

October 28, 2013

Winter may be just around the corner, but bears are still active in the mountain national parks. Some bears, especially females with young cubs, may already be heading to their winter dens, but others, like adult males, are still out and about in search of food. At this time of year, bears will take advantage of grain spilled on railway tracks, elk weakened by the recent rut, or carcasses.

If you see ravens, do not approach, as this could indicate a carcass is nearby. If you see a bear or think there may be a carcass in the vicinity, call Park Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

Warnings and Closures – Check before you hike.


You may encounter a bear anytime on any trail – even close to town.
Remember the rhyme:

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

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