Bears in the Mountain National Parks
A rain soaked grizzly bear forages on ripened berries in Jasper National Park © Valérie Domaine
The majority of the bears have vacated the valley bottom leaving behind a few dedicated black bear juveniles and Sow with cubs that are still frequenting the roadsides. The mid slope\upper slope berries have matured and are providing lots of food resources for the bears. Grizzlies tend to stay at upper elevations, where as the
black bears work the mid-slope areas. Extra caution should be taken when traveling in vegetative areas that limit visibility. Make noise and keep pets on leash to avoid triggering defensive encounters.
Seasonal trail restrictions
A Grizzly bear and Black bear WARNING is still in effect for the section of Trail #7, #7d, #7e, #4, #4e and #18 - Bears are frequenting the trail areas in search of berries. (see map).
To minimize the potential of a bear encounter you should:
Stay alert on the trails
- Make noise
- Look for fresh bear sign
- Travel in groups
- Keep your dog on a leash
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it
- If you encounter a bear, give it LOTS of space
Drive with care
Safely store bear attractants
- Reduce your speed
- Stay in your vehicle when watching roadside bears – do not follow a bear into the forest
- Keep food, garbage, recyclables, pet food, and BBQ’s in bear-proof storage or hard-sided vehicles.
For more information on bears and how to stay safe in bear country, please check out the following links:
Jasper National Park Important Bulletins
Trail conditions report
Bears and People - A Guide to Safety and Conservation on the Trail
The ''Bare'' Campsite Program