If you're coming to Banff and spending some time in the national park to appreciate the wildlife, you've probably thought about the possibility of seeing a bear in it's natural habitat. This is a memorable experience, but you need to know some important facts about bears before going on recreational excursions in the backcountry, or trying to spit wildlife in the park.
The Bear Population in Banff National Park
There are between 20-40 black bears and approximately 65 grizzly bears that call Banff National Park home. The Park service in Banff is excited and proud to announce that no grizzly bears have died at the hands of humans in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay National Park in 2015. This is a huge victory for bear conservation and will ensure the survival of the species in this area.
The Differences Between Grizzlies and Black Bears
If you come across a bear in the park or in the backcountry it may be useful to know the differences between the two species that live in the area.
*Courtesy to Parks Canada for such valuable information on bears.
Black Bear and Grizzly Bear Diet
A bear's diet changes throughout the year based on the seasons. They roam throughout the park to find the food they need to meet their nutritional requirements. Bears are omnivorous and they will eat variety of foods from prey animals in the park such as deer, elk, fish, even squirrels and other small creatures. Bears will even eat berries, roots and other vegetation when it is available. Information on the eating habits of bears, can keep you safe while you're in the park because you can determine the areas where bears are likely to be looking for nourishment.
Bear Safety Tips
If you are exploring in Banff National Park, or enjoying the beauty of the backcountry in the area surrounding it, there are some important safety tips you should keep in mind to help prevent a catastrophic encounter with a bear.
Remember to be respectful of the bears in the park and give them plenty of space. Bears can be incredibly dangerous when startled or if they have young. Keep your distance from bears, report any sightings, come into the park with some knowledge of these animals and you should stay safe in bear country.
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