Bear warning in effect for Kananaskis after multiple animals spotted

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WATCH: A bear warning is in place for one area of Kananaskis Country ahead of what's expected to be a busy weekend. Joel Senick explains why officials issued the notice.

Golfers winding down the season at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course might want to have some bear spray handy after multiple black and grizzly bears were spotted in the area, according to Alberta Parks.

The warning came into effect on Tuesday and impacts both the K-Country golf course and the staff residence.

“My colleagues in [Alberta Parks] noticed an increase in the number of bears both observed and visiting areas around the golf course,” said Brett Boukall, a senior wildlife biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, on Wednesday.
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“It’s really just a heads up.”

Boukall said bears are actively feeding during this time of year, before going into hibernation. He added that the area around the golf course provides them with a number of food options.

“There’s opportunity for berries, there’s a lot of dead wood where bears are going to be able to find grubs,” Boukall said.

“There’s lots of deer and elk that also inhabit the bottom of the Kananaskis river valley there.”

Bear warnings and sightings are not uncommon at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course, according to general manager Darren Robinson.

“Whether you’re here playing golf or you’re out hiking or you’re walking around the village, you should always just be mindful of wildlife,” Robinson said.

“I think it’s a great idea to carry bear spray — we sell it in the golf shop. It’s a great idea to do that in whatever activity in this environment.”

Alberta Parks reminded people to be aware of their surroundings, keep pets leashed, keep an eye out for bears and know how to use bear spray.

Call 403-591-7755 to report bear sightings.


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