Calgary’s natural backyard, the Rocky Mountains, make for a beautiful place to visit, but that doesn’t mean that we have them all to ourselves.
Alberta Environment and Parks have put out a warning that there have been grizzly bear sightings in parts of Kananaskis Country.
The bear warnings are currently in effect, and have been since May 7, for Bill Milne Trail and the Kananaskis Country Golf Course.
The golf course is set to open on Thursday for the first time in five years. The 2013 Alberta floods severely damaged the 36-hole course, and it has only now been restored enough to allow golfers a playthrough.
The warning encompasses the Kananaskis Country Golf Course staff housing area, parking lots, Club House and other buildings, and the golf course maintenance compound, according to the Environment and Parks website.
As for the trail, the bear warning is in effect for the bike path between Mt. Kidd RV Park and the Kananaskis River Bridge on Mt. Allan Drive.
The warnings also note that bears may be encountered in any area within Kananaskis Country, and to always be on alert for potential dangers.
The website provided these tips for avoiding an unwanted encounter with a bear:
- Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
- Keep your pet on a leash.
- Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray.
- Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.
Sightings should be immediately reported to 403-591-7755.