Parts of K-Country RV Park closed due to close encounter with grizzly bear

WATCH ABOVE: Some areas of Mount Kidd RV Park are off limits this weekend, following a run-in with a bear. But as Tracy Nagai reports, despite the danger not everyone has been scared off.

CALGARY – Parts of the popular Mount Kidd RV Park in Kananaskis Country remained closed this long weekend, while fish and wildlife officers try to catch an aggressive grizzly bear.

The close encounter happened on Wednesday.

Four sites are now closed while fish and wildlife try to trap the grizzly and as a precaution, only hard-sided trailers and RV’s are allowed in the park this weekend.

Despite the danger, not everyone has been scared off from Mount Kidd RV Park following the run-in with a bear.

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Tammy Hayes was camping at Mount Kidd when her campsite was then closed because of a grizzly bear.

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“Apparently the grizzly bear had taken the door off off one of the campers with the people inside, and taken the bumper off the front of their car,” Hayes said.

After losing her reservation, Hayes made the decision to stay and squeezed her RV on to another spot just metres from the sites that are now off limits.

“Kind of excited. Actually fear, a little bit of fear,” Hayes said. “The campground has been absolutely wonderful. They patrol, they’re making sure everybody is safe.”

“We do have a bear awareness program at the campground. In previous years, 2012 was a bad year for number of bears but this year has been pretty good,” said Siegfried Schwartz from Mount Kidd RV Park.

While the heightened awareness and security offers some comfort, others say it’s the reality of camping in bear country.

“We’ve walked along the river here in previous trips and seen bears on the other side of the riverbank. They’re around here a lot, this is pretty thick bush land. We look after our sites and keep the noise up at night and we’ve never had any problems so far,” said camper Russ Watkins.

And some campers on-site have invested in some extra protection, just in case.

RV park guests can receive a refund for this weekend if they were planning to stay in a tent or tent-trailer.


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