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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

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Parks Canada's Wildlife Guardians, Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta

Banff Bear Guardians  |  Jasper Wildlife Guardians  |  Resources  |  Glossary

Banff Wildlife Guardians

Wildlife Guardians in Banff National Park play an important role in managing active wildlife jams along secondary roads such as the Bow Valley Parkway and Highway 93 North. Watch for the Wildlife Guardians at popular day-use areas as they share their wildlife stories with visitors and provide information about bears and how to view wildlife safely and respectfully.

Jasper Wildlife Guardians

Jasper’s Wildlife Guardians monitor wildlife jams of all types and provide the same valuable information on how to view these animals responsibly.

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Resources

Bears: An Online Exhibit  

  • Bears is an online exhibit created in partnership by Parks Canada and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. It includes a Researcher’s Guide, Bears in Art, Learning with Y2Y, Bear Zoology and a Teacher’s Guide.

A Helping Hand for the Black Bear 

  • Learn about bears outside of the Rocky Mountain national parks through this interactive activity about the population, habitat, diet and adaptation of black bears in La Mauricie National Park

Bear education program in Jasper National Park © Parks Canada / M. Horsley
Bear education program in Jasper National Park.

Community Programs 

In the parks, Visitor Centres, trailhead kiosks, and park interpreters are great resources when it comes to bear information.

Park web sites provide bear safety information and updates on bear-related warnings, restrictions or closures. Check for interpretive program schedules, special events, and volunteer opportunities.

Glossary

What is aversive conditioning? Become an expert in bear management lingo with the help of these quick definitions.