June 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Bear sightings in Banff National Park spark area closures

A grizzly bear is seen near the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park.

Alex Taylor with Parks Canada

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:

  • Vermillion Lakes Road
  • All three Vermilion lakes on the North side of the Bow River
  • Fenlands Trail and Day Use Area
  • Legacy Trail from the West end of the Vermilion Lakes Road to its connection with the Trans Canada Highway
  • Echo Creek North of the CPR train tracks

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.

 

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