A Canmore woman was attacked by a bear on Sunday evening while in an area that had been closed due to bear activity, according to WildSmart and provincial officials.
Wildsmart, based in Canmore, took to its Facebook page on Monday evening to share details of the attack.
In the post, WildSmart says the woman was with her dog in the closure area near the Canmore Reservoir when it happened.
“She has been treated in the hospital for her injuries and released,” WildSmart said. “The dog was unharmed.”
The area was closed on July 28 due to numerous bears seen feeding on berries. Provincial officials said Tuesday the area will remain closed until further notice.
Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating, and said there are several bears in the area, none of which are grizzly bears, according to trail camera photos.
“Disobeying closure notices can be considered a ticket-able offence and according to Alberta Environment and Parks, could result in a $115 penalty under the Wildlife Act or $172 if it is in a provincial park area,” a spokesperson for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General told Global News.
When asked if the woman who was attacked would face charges, the spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing.
To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear, Albertaparks.ca advises visitors to:
- Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
- Keep your pet on a leash.
- Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
– With files from Erika Tucker