An Alberta wildlife conservation group says a grizzly bear known for its low tolerance of dogs has been caught following a Monday encounter with someone walking their pet while pushing a stroller.
Bow Valley WildSmart said the Power Line Trail from Peaks of Grassi Road to the trail leading to Quarry Lake was closed due to “lingering scent on the trail from the baited live trap.”
“A grizzly bear charged an individual walking a stroller accompanied by a dog on a leash,” reads the group’s Facebook post from Monday night. “The grizzly bear, Bear 148, is known to have a low tolerance of dogs.”
A spokesperson for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said bear 148 rushed within a few metres of the man and his child in the stroller, then retreated. The bear was reported and trapped by fish and wildlife officers in the interest of public safety, Brendan Cox said.
“We advise that people should always be in groups of five of more, carry several cans of bear spray and air horns,” Cox wrote in an email to Global News. “When walking or biking, make lots of noise so as not to surprise a bear and keep dogs on a leash.”
Bear 148 has been involved in two other encounters in the past few months: it tried to join a Banff high school rugby practice and also followed a woman kick-sledding with two dogs along Spray River Loop in April.