An adult male black bear was struck and killed on the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park on Monday evening.

Parks Canada says it dispatched a staff member after receiving a call about the incident. The bear was found near the Yoho Ranch.

"We are very saddened by the loss of this animal," said Parks Canada spokesperson Omar McDadi in a release.

"Although black bears are not considered a species-at-risk provincially or nationally, they are amazing creatures and play important roles in local ecosystems by consuming and recycling nutrients as predators, plant eaters and scavengers, and in helping to  disperse berry-producing shrubs by transporting seeds."

Collisions with wildlife in the mountain parks are responsible for the majority of bear deaths.

Parks Canada is calling on visitors and residents to observe posted speed limits and to pay particular attention when driving through the parks at dawn and dusk.

The public is asked  to report all bear sightings in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks. The number call to report bear sightings is 403-762-1470.