Bears, Banff and Taking Care of our Beautiful Wildlife
|Bear 64 with her cubs|
Think of your hotel in Banff National Park and the image of bears often come to mind.
While bear sightings around your Banff hotel are rare, you don’t need to venture far to catch a glimpse of some of Banff’s beautiful wildlife.
|Mama & Cubs taking a dip in the Bow River- May 23rd 2012|
Drive With Care – All too often we hear of bear’s struck and killed by cars on our roads and highways. Animal road deaths are avoidable by driving within the posted speed limits and keeping a keen eye out for crossing wildlife. Plus when you drive at a slower pace you can enjoy the scenery around your Banff hotel even more!
Check for Closures – Before you head out for the day from your hotel in Banff, check the Parks Canada website and trailhead notices for any closures or hiking/biking restrictions.
Safety First – Adhere to hiking regulations (enforced hiking numbers), carry bear spray (know how to use it) and make lots of noise when enjoying Banff National Park. Remember not to feed any wildlife, whether it is squirrels or bears. Animals who are fed by humans are likely to become reliant on this source of food and will engage more with humans. This can often develop into problem behaviour forcing authorities to take action such as relocation and sometimes euthanization of a bear. Remember, ‘A fed bear is a dead bear’.
|Dawn and her two cubs, last May before she was killed. Photo by John E. Marriott|
In other news from legendary wildlife photographer, John E.Marriott, the orphaned cubs of bear Dawn (who was sadly killed on the CP railway last year) have survived the winter and have been recently sighted! Wonderful news from a sad beginning.
Please help us keep our park beautiful and wild by taking a few steps towards creating a safe environment for Mama Bear, her three cubs and every other animal in Banff National Park.
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