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We often hear of more Elk encounter then Bear encounters.   Be cautious with Elk at any time in the year.  It's especially important to be cautious during Elk calving season.  Elk calves will lie in the grass out of site where Mom is close by on defensive mode. Be cautious when biking, hiking or walking near Elk and be aware that Elk calves may be near by hiding with Mom on guard.  We commonly hear of someone biking, hiking or walking near Elk only to surprise an Elk calf lying in the grass out of site which puts Mom Elk...

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Bear safety, How to be safe around bears, Wildlife Safety -

Bears are busy this season with a recent bear encounter in Kananaskis Country.   Here's a thorough read on how to be Safe Around Bears by Robert Brannon. This guide has everything you need to know about bear safety. Bears are beautiful animals, and it's an exciting experience to see one. But being around a bear can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. When hiking or camping in bear country, there is a number of precautions that you can take to avoid unexpected bear encounters. And to be prepared to act if you find yourself in...

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Are bears up, Bear safety, Bears moving around, Hibernation bears, Outdoors -

The Boss - Bear No 122 is up as of Monday, March 18.   The big grizzlies are usually the first to emerge and you'll see increased bear activity now and going forward as the warmer weather rolls in. With snow still found at higher elevations, bears will be headed to lower elevations in search of food.   Be prepared while you enjoy the outdoors this Spring and Summer. Full Article on the Boss emerging

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Research on the effectiveness of Bear Spray vs. a Firearm in a Bear Encounter A study on the efficacy of bear deterrent spray was conducted in Alaska. 83 cases involving the use of bear spray in Alaska between 1985 and 2006 were analyzed. Results showed that in over 90% of close-range encounters with black and brown bears, spray stopped the bear’s undesirable behavior. Bear Spray Research on Effectiveness of Bear Spray Efficacy of Firearms in a Bear Encounter 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...

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About cougars For this full article visit Human Wildlife conflict If you see a cougar in your community, call your nearest Fish and Wildlife office. A Fish and Wildlife officer can provide advice on preventing cougar encounters and responding when cougar encounters are unavoidable. Fish & Wildlife Office Contacts Cougars are efficient predators that feed largely on deer. The rest of their diet consists of elk, moose, bighorn sheep and small mammals. A healthy cougar population is an indication of a thriving local ecosystem. In years when deer, elk and moose numbers are high, the number of cougars will be...

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