Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report
Bear Sightings: August 11-17, 2017
|Park||Trail - Day-use area - Campground||Species||Date|
|Banff||Spray River||Black Bear||Aug/17|
|Kootenay||Tumbling Pass||Grizzly Bear||Aug/16|
|Banff||Mosquito Creek Hostel||Grizzly Bear||Aug/16|
|Banff||Lake Louise Drive||Black Bear||Aug/16|
|Kootenay||Olive Lake Picnic Site||Grizzly Bear||Aug/15|
|Banff||Two Jack Main Campground||Unknown species||Aug/14|
|Banff||Moraine Lake Rockpile Viewpoint||Black Bear||Aug/14|
|Kootenay||Numa Falls||Grizzly Bear||Aug/14|
|Banff||Moraine Lake Road||Black Bear||Aug/13|
|Banff||Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail||Black Bear||Aug/13|
|Banff||Lake Minnewanka Trail - Stewart Canyon||Black Bear||Aug/13|
|Yoho||TCH - Yoho - Takakkaw Falls/Yoho Road Jct||Black Bear||Aug/13|
|Banff||93 North - Herbert Lake||Black Bear||Aug/12|
|Yoho||Kicking Horse Campground||Black Bear||Aug/12|
|Banff||Minnewanka Road - Lower Bankhead||Black Bear||Aug/10|
|Banff||Hoodoo Creek Trail||Black Bear||Aug/10|
Current wildlife warnings and closures
Banff National Park
AREA CLOSURE - Ball Pass Campground Re21
AREA CLOSURE - Ball Pass Trail Area
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY: Allenby Pass - Seasonal trail restriction
WARNING: Berry Season
RESTRICTION: Minnewanka Area Seasonal Trail Restrictions
WARNING: Lake Minnewanka Day Use Area
WARNING: Two Jack Lakeside Campground and Day Use Area and Two Jack Main Campground
Yoho National Park
Kootenay National Park
Link of the week
- Stop and remain calm. Get ready to use your bear spray. Do not run away.
Is the bear UNAWARE of your presence?
- Move away quietly without getting its attention.
Is the bear AWARE of your presence?
Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by woofing, growling, snapping their jaws and laying their ears back.
- Stay calm. Your calm behaviour can reassure the bear. Screams or sudden movements may trigger an attack.
- Speak to the bear. Talk calmly and firmly. This lets the bear know you are human and not a prey animal. If a bear rears on its hind legs and waves its nose about, it is trying to identify you.
- Back away slowly. Never run! Running may trigger a pursuit.
- Make yourself appear BIG. Pick up small children and stay in a group.
- Do not drop your pack. It can provide protection.
- If you must proceed, make a wide detour around a bear or wait at a safe distance for it to move on.
Photo: A. Taylor / Parks Canada