The Sunblood Mountain Hiking Route and Access area closure has been lifted

Issued: August 17, 2020

The Sunblood Mountain Hiking Route and Access area closure has been lifted effective August 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm MST. A public alert remains in place. It is strongly recommended to:

  • Travel in groups of no less than four (4) people.
  • Carry bear deterrents (bear spray AND a noisemaker) at all times and be ready to use them.
  • Make noise while walking on the Sunblood Mountain and Last Chance hiking routes.
  • Report all carcasses and/or large predator activity near the Sunblood hiking route immediately to Parks Canada employees.
  • Terminate your hike and return to the trailhead if a large predator is seen or heard.

More information on safe travel in bear country can be found at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nt/nahanni/securite-safety/ours_bears

Background:

  • The area closure was implemented on July 29, 2020 in response to a carcass observation on the Sunblood Mountain hiking route.
  • Staff have since been in residence at Náįlįcho in relatively close proximity to the carcass location and have not made any recent observations of predator activity near the carcass location.
  • Staff observed the carcass on August 13, 2020 and confirmed that, with the exception of bones and hair, the carcass has been consumed.

For further information, please contact the Fort Simpson park office at 867-695-7750 (1-5PM, 7 days per week). For emergencies only please telephone or text Nahanni Duty Officer 867-695-6572 (24 hours/7 days per week).