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Bear warning issued for K-Country golf course days before reopening

Just days before the Kananaskis Country Golf Course is set to reopen, the province is warning people that several grizzly bears have been spotted roaming around the area.

Grizzly bears spotted near mountain golf course set to reopen 5 years after flood devastation

A trail cam captures Bear 139 in Kananaskis in 2017. On May 7, 2018, officials warned that several grizzlies have been spotted near the K-Country golf course. (Alberta Environment and Parks)

Just days before the Kananaskis Country Golf Course is set to reopen, the province is warning people that several grizzly bears have been spotted roaming around the area.

Alberta Parks says the advisory areas include the staff housing zone, parking lots, the club house and other buildings, and the golf course maintenance compound.

The warning is in effect until further notice.

The 36-hole K-Country golf course reopens on Thursday after a five-year closure in the wake of severe damage in the 2013 flood.

Officials say visitors to the area can avoid surprise encounters with a bear by:

  • Making noise and traveling in groups.
  • Staying aware of your surroundings and watching out for bears and their signs.
  • Keeping your pet on a leash.
  • Carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it.
  • Reading up on bear safety on the Alberta Parks website or at WildSmart.

A bear closure is also in effect for the Bill Milne paved trail between the Mt. Kidd RV park and the Kananaskis River bridge on Mt. Allen Drive.

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