CALGARY- Increased bear sightings have prompted Parks Canada to shut down part of Banff National Park.
As of Monday afternoon, the following areas are closed off to visitors:
The decision was made after multiple grizzly bears were seen foraging for food, hunting elk calves and engaging in breeding activities in the area.
Staff say such activities pose a significant risk to the public, and disturbances can lead to aggressive responses by the bears.
Those who violate the closures could be charged under National Parks regulations, and face up to $25,000 in fines.