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Aggressive black bear leads to area closure near Banff Springs Hotel

Several trails and recreational areas near the Banff Springs Hotel were closed May 22 after an aggressive black bear was seen in the area.
Several trails and recreational areas near the Banff Springs Hotel were closed May 22 after an aggressive black bear was seen in the area. Parks Canada

Several trails were closed in the area around the Banff Springs Hotel on Tuesday after an aggressive black bear was seen in the area, according to Parks Canada.

In an update on its website, Parks Canada said a female black bear with cubs had been seen “displaying defensive, aggressive behaviour.”

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To protect the safety of the bears and the public, trails and the area around Mountain Avenue, the Banff Springs Hotel and Rimrock Resort were closed.

Officials said an incident involving a dog led to the closure being issued.

Violators of the closure could be fined a maximum of $25,000 under the Canada National Parks Act.

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