Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park

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  • Bear Warning - Highwood Area

    Effective:  October 14, 2021

      • Effective Date: October 14, 2021 until further notice
      • Where: Highwood Area, Including: Ptarmigan Cirque, Pocaterra Ridge, Arethusa, Mount Lipsett, Mist Creek, Mist Mountain, Picklejar Creek and Lantern Creek. This also included the west side of highway 40 from the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park boundary to Mount Odlum.
      • Why: This area may be part of the home range of a female grizzly bear with cubs that was involved in an attack on September 26th of a solo hiker southwest of the Highwood Pass.

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

    • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
    • Keep your pet 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 our webpage or at WildSmart.

    Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

    Affected Areas

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories