Record # of Bears Killed In Accidents Near Banff

Alberta News, Bear Hunting Magazine

With two more black bears being killed over the weekend on roadways near Banff, it now brings the total deaths in area national parks this summer to sixteen, which is twice as many as the yearly average.

Of the sixteen black bears killed in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay this year, twelve were struck by vehicles while the other four were hit by trains.

Human/wildlife conflict specialists and bear guardians have been working hard to monitor wildlife and educate visitors about proper bear viewing etiquette. Parks Canada is also ramping up signage to alert motorists to the presence of bears in certain areas, and has installed electro mats at highway junctions where there’s a break in the wildlife fence. The mats deliver a mild shock to animals to keep them from going on the highway.

While difficult to pinpoint why there have been so many black bear deaths this year, the winter’s record breaking snowfall may have forced many bears to remain in low valley bottoms in search for food longer than before. People in the area have also noticed more black bears in the parks this year and that could indicate a spike in population, though nothing has been confirmed.

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