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Grizzlies out of Hibernation March 23 2017

The Boss is back.  Click here for this full article by Rocky Mountain Outlook. Bear 122, the dominant male grizzly of the area, was spotted along Bow Valley Parkway near Castle Mountain on Wednesday (March 22) – the first confirmed grizzly bear sighting of the year in Banff National Park. Each spring, he typically first heads to the train tracks in search of grain and animal carcasses. He was reported...

University of Utah reports 30% heat failure rate in pepper sprays September 19 2016

A 30% heat failure rate in pepper spray products was reported by the University of Utah in its Quantitative Analysis of Capsaicinoids in Fresh Peppers, Oleoresin Capsicum and Pepper Spray Products, owing to  the industry’s “few, if any, analytical measures to determine the concentration of active ingredients in the product and to ensure consistent chemical composition.” 100% dependability when it comes to maximum heat is extremely important, particularly when it...

Bear spray vs. Bullets? September 01 2016

For self defense against grizzly bears, the answer isn't as obvious.  Many are surprised when they find that, despite using their firearm against a charging bear, they were attacked and badly hurt. Evidence suggests that shooting a bear can escalate the attack, while encounters where firearms are not used are less likely to result in injury or death of the human or the bear.   Firearms can kill a bear but can it...

Large Grizzly Bear follows hikers down trail in Banff National Park July 06 2016

Large grizzly bear follows hikers down trail in Banff National Park COLETTE DERWORIZ, CALGARY HERALDMore from Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald Published on: July 5, 2016 | Last Updated: July 6, 2016 8:56 AM MDT Bourgeau Lake from the trail to Harvey Pass in Banff National Park in July 2013. COLETTE DERWORIZ SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT A warning is in place on Bourgeau Lake Trail in Banff National Park after a large grizzly bear...

Why to keep your dog on a leash in national and provincial parks April 23 2016

Wildlife managers warn of off-leash behaviour Dog owners are being warned to keep dogs on leash at all times in a bid to protect treasured wildlife. It’s required by law for dogs to be on leash in national and provincial parks, but officials with both Parks Canada and Alberta Parks and Environment say it’s an ongoing battle to try to get compliance on the issue. They say dogs can pose...

Caution with Pets and Children - Banff area April 14 2016

Wolves in Banff prompt concern after getting close to people in popular areas COLETTE DERWORIZ, CALGARY HERALDMore from Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald Published on: April 4, 2016 | Last Updated: April 5, 2016 12:36 PM MDT A wolf pack around the Banff townsite last summer. AMAR ATHWAL / CALGARY HERALD ARCHIVES SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT A well-known pack of wolves in Banff National Park was spotted by hikers on Tunnel Mountain, followed a person walking a...

Grizzly bear population in Alberta's Foothills has doubled, finds study March 14 2016

The number of bears in the Foothills east of Banff and Jasper National parks has doubled over the past decade, the study by fRI Research found. Alberta grizzly bears need habitat protection, conservation group says Between 2004 and 2014, the grizzly bear population in Bear Management Area (BMA) 3 — which stretches from the Banff and Jasper national park boundaries east to Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House between Highways 16 and...
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