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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
July 2, 2015

Grizzly bear in an area closure near Lake Louise Drive 
Great Divide trailhead, Lake Louise, Banff National Park © Parks Canada / A. Taylor

Link of the week

Canadian Pacific - Parks Canada Grizzly Bear Research Project

Current related warnings and closures

RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Rampart Creek Campground
BEAR WARNING- Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Area
AREA CLOSURE: Bow River Loop Trail 
AREA CLOSURE: McArthur Creek Valley
AREA CLOSED: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Sinclair Creek and Kindersley Pass Trail

Bear sightings: June 25 - July 2, 2015

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 Spray River Loop west Side Black Bear Jul-01
Banff Banff Cadet Camp Grizzly Jun-30
Banff Banff Compound Facility Grizzly Jun-30
Banff Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Black Bear Jun-30
Banff Two Jack Main Campground Black Bear Jun-30
Kootenay Crooks Meadows Campground Black bear Jun-30
Banff Waterfowl Lakes Campground Black bear Jun-30
Banff Lake Annette Grizzly Jun-30
Banff Num-ti-jah Lodge Grizzly Jun-30
Banff Fairview Trail Grizzly Jun-30
Banff Banff Townsite Black Bear Jun-29
Banff Banff Springs Golf Course Unknown species Jun-28
Banff Two Jack Lakeside Campground Black Bear Jun-28
Banff Hector Lake Black Bear Jun-29
Banff Tramline Trail Grizzly Jun-29
Banff Lake Louise Campground Grizzly Jun-29
Kootenay Olive Lake Black Bear Jun-28
Kootenay Olive Lake Black Bear Jun-28
Kootenay Olive Lake Black Bear Jun-28
Banff Spiral Tunnels Black Bear Jun-28
Banff Boom Lake Trail Black Bear Jun-28
Banff Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground Black Bear Jun-27
Banff Hoodoos Trail Surprise Corner To Hoodoos Black Bear Jun-27
Yoho Johnston Canyon Grizzly Jun-27
Yoho Takakkaw Falls Black Bear Jun-27
Banff Rampart Creek Black Bear Jun-27
Banff 1a - Protection Mountain Grizzly Jun-27
Banff Taylor Lake Trail Grizzly Jun-26
Banff Helen Lake Grizzly Jun-26
Kootenay Radium Hot Springs Facility Black bear Jun-26
Banff Johnston Creek Ink Pots Black Bear Jun-25
Banff Cascade Ponds Grizzly Jun-25
Banff Sundance Canyon Unknown Jun-25
Banff 1a - Protection Mountain Black bear Jun-25
Banff Great Divide Trail Grizzly Jun-25
Banff Moraine Lake Grizzly Jun-25
Banff Bow Summit Grizzly Jun-25

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