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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
May 26, 2016

 
Grizzly bear 148 © Parks Canada / N. Kang

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Bear Basics 

Current related warnings and closures

AREA CLOSED: Bow River Loop trail 
Bear Warning - Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Area

Warning: Olive Lake Day Use Area picnic site and interpretive trail
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: NO STOPPING ZONE

AREA CLOSED: McArthur Creek Valley 
AREA CLOSED: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau

Bear sightings: May 20 - 26, 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 Cave and Basin Black Bear MAY-25
Banff Mount Norquay Road Grizzly Bear MAY-25
Banff 93N / Bow Lake Grizzly Bear May-24
Banff Lake Louise Townsite Grizzly Bear May-24
Banff TCH/Lake Louise Overflow Grizzly Bears May-24
Banff 1a - Moose Meadows Black Bear May-24
Kootenay 93S/Kindersley Trailhead Black Bear May-23
Banff 93N / Niblock Gate Black Bear May-23
Yoho Emerald Lake Black Bear May-23
Kootenay 93S/Kimpton Ck Trailhead Grizzly Bear May-23
Banff TCH/Lake Louise Grizzly Bear May-23
Banff TCH/AB-BC Border Grizzly Bear May-23
Banff 93N / Bow Lake Grizzly Bear May-23
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Protection Mountain Grizzly Bears May-23
Yoho Takakkaw Falls Road Grizzly Bears May-23
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Corral Creek Grizzly Bears May-23
Banff Johnston Canyon Ours noir May-23
Banff Tunnel Mountain Drive Ours noir May-23
Yoho TCH/Field Hill Black Bear May-22
Kootenay 93S/Olive Lake Picnic Site Grizzly Bear May-22
Banff Bow Lake Grizzly Bear May-22
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Protection Mountain Grizzly Bear May-22
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Baker Creek Grizzly Bear May-22
Banff CPR Tracks/Eldon Siding Black Bears May-22
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Baker Creek Black Bear May-22
Banff 93S/Storm Mountain Black Bear May-21
Banff TCH/Taylor Creek Black Bear May-21
Kootenay 93S/Cobb Lake Trail Black Bear May-21
Kootenay 93S/Kindersley Trailhead Grizzly Bear May-21
Kootenay 93S/Olive Lake Picnic Site Black Bear May-21
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Baker Creek Female Black bear with offspring May-21
Banff 93N/Crowfoot Glacier Lookout Grizzly Bear May-21
Banff Bow Valley Parkway/Protection Mountain Grizzly Bear May-21
Kootenay 93S/Olive Lake Picnic Site Black Bear May-20
Kootenay 93S/Kindersley Trailhead Black Bear May-20
Kootenay 93S/Juniper Trailhead Black Bear May-20
Kootenay Redstreak Campground Black Bear May-20
Kootenay 93N/Rampart Creek Black Bear May-20
Kootenay 93S/Cobb Lake Trail Black Bear May-20
Banff 93N/Hector Lake Black Bear May-20
Yoho Boulder Creek Black Bear May-20
Yoho Emerald Lake Black Bear May-20
Yoho Sherbrooke Creek Black Bear May-20
Banff Bow Lake Grizzly Bear May-20
Banff 93N / Helen Lake Grizzly Bear May-20
Banff Cascade Ponds Grizzly Bear May-20
Banff Minnewanka Road - Upper Bankhead Black Bear May-20
Banff Sulphur Mt Black Bear May-20
Banff Vermilion Lakes Road Black Bear May-20

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