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Bears in the Mountain National Parks

Jasper National Park

A rain-soaked grizzly bear forages on ripened berries in Jasper National Park A rain soaked grizzly bear forages on ripened berries in Jasper National Park
© Valérie Domaine


The weekly bear report has finished for the season. Although it will soon be time for the bears to have a snooze, they are still out and about so please continue to travel with the appropriate bear safety skills and knowledge.

To minimize the potential of a bear encounter you should:

Stay alert on the trails

  • Make noise
  • Look for fresh bear sign
  • Travel in groups
  • Keep your dog on a leash
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it
  • If you encounter a bear, give it LOTS of space

Drive with care

  • Reduce your speed
  • Stay in your vehicle when watching roadside bears – do not follow a bear into the forest
Safely store bear attractants
  • Keep food, garbage, recyclables, pet food, and BBQ’s in bear-proof storage or hard-sided vehicles.


More info

For more information on bears and how to stay safe in bear country, please check out the following links:

Jasper National Park Important Bulletins

Trail conditions report

Bears and People - A Guide to Safety and Conservation on the Trail

The ''Bare'' Campsite Program