Amorous grizzly bears in Banff National Park © Parks Canada / J. Shepherd
June 14, 2013
June and July are traditionally mating months for grizzly and black bears in the Rocky Mountains. Visitors may encounter frisky bears along roadsides and trails. Give them a wide berth - they have other things on their minds and may not be aware of your approach. Male bears can be very protective of potential mates and can display aggressive behaviour, especially towards other male bears. DON’T get in their way!
Bear Sightings on Trails
Grizzly and black bears are being spotted in the mountain national parks near many communities, campgrounds, roads and trailheads. Please check Warnings and Closures before you hit the trail.
The Bear Sightings Report is not a bear “tracking” report. It is based on chance bear sightings reported by park staff and the public. A bear sighted on a trail may not be there an hour later. You may encounter a bear anytime on any trail – even close to town. Learn how to be safe.
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.