A bear was spotted on Cougar St in Banff last night. That’s just a few blocks away from the hostel. I was walking around in that area at around that time last night. I’m torn between being disappointed that I didn’t see it and thankful for my life that I didn’t run into it!
Seeing bears or other dangerous animals in town is pretty rare, deer and elk are a lot more common on the streets, but it’s always a bit of an adjustment coming to Banff from the city to realize that the only danger walking down a dark street at night is the animals you might meet, rather than the people.
Here are some tips from Park Canada on living with bears:
Be familiar with these bear safety tips:
Stay alert on the trails – make noise, watch for fresh bear sign, travel in groups, keep your dog on a leash, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. If you encounter a bear, give it LOTS of space!
Drive with care – if you see a bear by the road, consider not stopping. Obey speed limits.
Tuck these safely away – food, garbage, pet food, bird feeders, BBQs, and recyclables can attract a hungry bear. Keep these and other attractants in bear-proof storage or hard-sided vehicles.
For more information visit Parks Canada.