SPOT CLOSURES: backcountry of Banff National Park

Issued: May 31, 2018

Area Closure:  Spot Closures (Small Areas)

WHAT:  Pursuant to Section 36(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following area is closed to all traffic and travel by order of the Superintendent:
Thirteen small areas (each approximately 1 hectare in size) in the backcountry of Banff National Park are closed to prevent park visitors from entering DNA collection sites, where scented lures are used to attract bears so researchers can collect a hair sample. These areas are not on trails or in areas heavily visited by the public. Closed areas will be clearly marked; it is unlawful to enter these closed areas without a permit. 

WHERE: Thirteen small areas in the remote backcountry of the northern portion of Banff National Park. Closed area fall within the Indian Head, Red Deer and Panther drainages.

WHY: To ensure public safety while conducting grizzly bear population research in cooperation with the Province of Alberta.

PENALTY:  Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.

Start date: 2018-05-22
End date: 2018-07-31

Approved by Sheila Luey: Superintendent, Banff Field Unit

For more information, call Banff Park Dispatch at 403.762.1470