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Bears are working extra diligently this time of year to put on their winter calories. For those that are looking to the great outdoors for their mental health and to enjoy the great outdoors, remember to stay prepared while enjoying the outdoors.   What to do if you encounter a bear?   Defensive Encounter May occur when a bear is defending something such as cubs, its food source or if the bear is surprised by your presence.  Do not run Ready your bear spray Try to appear non-threatening, avoiding eye contact Talk in a calm voice Slowly move away without turning your...

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As we continue our social distancing while enjoying the outdoors and the mental health the outdoors brings, it's important that we remember to stay safe in bear country and carry bear spray.  Travelling in smaller groups to keep our social distances makes carrying bear spray even more essential.  Especially at this time of year when bears are coming out of hibernation looking for food. So, what's the difference in bears?   Black bears can be black, blue-black, dark brown, brown, cinnamon and even white. Grizzlies can range from from black to blond. Size is not a good indicator of which species is which....

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It's important to be prepared for wildlife encounters with Elk especially at this time of year.  Its common that we hear of someone biking or walking near Elk only to surprise an Elk calf lying in the grass out of site which puts Mom Elk on the defensive.  Be outdoors and be prepared for all wildlife encounters as you venture out.   Here's a recent article on an Elk encounter:  Elk Knocks Down Hiker in Canmore area  

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Very excited for the mental health and further enjoyment of the outdoors opening more parks will bring as Parks Canada continues to open up the parks.  If you're wondering what parks are opening in your area, here's the full list of Parks across Canada.    Parks Canada Full List of Parks Reopening including special instructions Hotels in Banff, Alberta What's open in Banff, Alberta Be Outdoors.  Be Prepared.

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Here's an entertaining video on how to use Bear Spray by WildSmart    

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