Southwest Calgary bear sighting prompts closure in part of Fish Creek Provincial Park
Closure of Votier's Flats area to remain in place 'until further notice'
Update, Nov. 10, 2017 — Alberta Parks says the bear has been trapped and transported to a location west of Calgary in the Bragg Creek region, and the animal appeared to be in good health.
The Votier's Flats area has been re-opened to the public.
Original story below.
A section of Fish Creek Provincial Park has been closed after a black bear was spotted in the area in southwest Calgary.
Votier's Flats — located at the foot of Elbow Drive S.W. in Fish Creek Provincial Park — was closed Tuesday. Officials said in a release the closure will remain in effect "until further notice."
To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear, officials recommend that you:
- Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
- Keep pets on a leash.
- Carry bear spray. Make sure it's easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray.
- Learn more about bear safety on the province's webpage or at WildSmart.
Bear sightings should be reported immediately to 403-591-7755.
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