Bear attacks

Hiking for years in the Rockies, I’ve still only seen two Grizzlies. Bear aware, they do not worry me.

But Parks Canada bear management is getting more savvy.

For the next two seasons (2006 and 2007) two specific areas will be closed during berry season where attacks have been frequent. Over the past 8 years, there have been 5 bear attacks in Banff National Park — 3 near Allenby Pass in the Bryant Creek area, and 2 on the Aylmer Pass trail near Lake Minnewanka. In all cases, the attacks were a result of hikers travelling alone or in a small group, who surprised female grizzlies with cubs during berry season.

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