Bear sightings at Grassi Lakes prompts warning by Alberta Parks

Jun 13 2017, 4:47 am

Multiple sightings of grizzly bears and black bears have been reported near Canmore this weekend at the popular Grassi Lakes hiking trail.

Officials warn that “although a warning is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country and at any time.”

The bear warning at the Grassi Lakes Day Use area and Grassi Lakes trails will be in effect until further notice.

Earlier this year, Alberta Park officials closed a campground in Kananaskis due to Grizzly bear activity.

Bear safety

While traveling in the mountains, officials says to beware of increased activity entering into bear season. Carrying bear spray is highly recommended as well as the following:

    • Remain alert.
    • Shouting regularly or singing loudly is far more effective than using bear bells.
    • Keep your ears open. Do no wear earphones while on trails.
    • Watch for fresh bear signs. Tracks, scat and digs indicate that a bear has been in the area. Leave the area if the signs are fresh or if you encounter carrion.
    • Travel in groups and during daylight whenever possible.
    • Keep your dog on a leash or leave it at home.
    • Be cautious about bear safety & fishing.
    • Carry and know how to use bear spray.

You can report bear sightings to Kananaskis Country Emergency Services by calling 403-591-7755.

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