Kananaskis Village has fallen under a bear warning from Alberta Parks.
The warning came into effect on Sunday, June 9 after multiple black bears with cubs were seen frequenting the Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area.
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The warning is to remain in effect until further notice, according to the Alberta Parks website, and encompasses the Kananaskis Village hotels and staff housing areas, including the baseball diamond, the Village Rim Trail, and other nearby trails.
A June 12 update from Alberta Parks also stated that Ribbon Creek Trail had also fallen under a warning after receiving an unconfirmed report that a fawn carcass was found in a creek close to the trail.
Those in the area, along with any area of the Kananaskis Region, are reminded that bears can be encountered at any time, and to follow a few precautions to ensure their safety:
- 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.
Anyone who spots a bear is asked to report it immediately by calling 403-591-7755.