First bear of the year spotted in Banff

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The bears are awake and back out and about in Banff National Park this spring, Parks Canada confirmed the first bear of the year was spotted last week on Tuesday, March 30.

Officials have advised everyone to start practicing bear safety right away.

“Our Resource Conservation Officers have received the first reported sighting of a bear within Banff National Park this spring. Remember to be bear aware when you are visiting Banff National Park. Carry bear spray and ensure that it has not expired, make noise, keep pets on leash and under physical control at all times,” cautioned the press statement.

The first bears to wake out of hibernation usually the dominant males. Parks Canada do not share bear locations but people are encouraged to watch for information about closures and warnings online.

“Ensure to always be aware of your surroundings when you are walking on trails including tracks in the snow. Respect the space and the needs of wildlife especially after a winter season and at time when there is limited natural food on the landscape.”

Bears call Banff National Park home. Give them, and all wildlife the space they need. Please report all bear sightings to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.


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