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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay: Weekly bear report 
August 27, 2015

Grizzly bear at Bow Summit © Parks Canada / A. Taylor
Sub-adult grizzly bear at Bow Summit in Banff National Park © Parks Canada / A. Taylor

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Waste Management 

Current related warnings and closures

RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Helen Lake Area
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Upper Bryant Creek Valley
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Moraine Lake Area
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Lake Minnewanka 

AREA CLOSED: Odaray Prospect and Odaray Plateau

BEAR WARNING-Redstreak Campground
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY ORDER: Sinclair Creek and Kindersley Pass Trail

Bear sightings: August 20-27, 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 Tunnel Mountain Village 2 Campground Black bear Aug-26
Banff Banff Springs Golf Course Black bear Aug-26
Kootenay Radium Hot Springs Facility Black bear Aug-26
Banff Peyto Lake Grizzly Bear Aug-25
Banff Cascade Fire Road Grizzly Bear Aug-24
Banff Cascade Mt Waterfall Grizzly Bear Aug-24
Kootenay Redstreak Campground Black bear Aug-24
Banff Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Grizzly Bear Aug-24
Kootenay Rockwall Trail Female Grizzly with offspring Aug-24
Banff Bow Falls Trail Black bear Aug-22
Yoho Lake O'Hara Female Grizzly with offspring Aug-22
Banff Lake Louise Campground Unknown species Aug-22
Banff Two Jack Main Campground Black bear Aug-21


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