A bear warning has been put in place for a popular area in Banff National Park after a black bear was able to get to some “unsecured human food.”

The warning was put in place by Parks Canada on Tuesday for the areas of Lake Minnewanka Loop, excluding Cascade Ponds and Johnson Lake.

A black bear was seen repeatedly visiting the area and was able to obtain human food. 

"All food, garbage, and anything with odours must be closely attended at all times" the warning stated.

“Special caution is recommended when travelling in this area due to the bear related situation.” 

Parks Canada said people should always be prepared to come across a bear at any point, and should take steps to be prepared. 

This includes: 

  • Fire pits should not be used to dispose of garbage or liquids.
  • All food and garbage must be disposed of in a proper receptacle.
  • Pay attention for bears when travelling in this area.
  • Make noise when hiking and cycling.
  • Keep pets on leash and a close eye on children.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
bear map Map courtesy Parks Canada 

You are asked to report any bear sightings immediately to the Visitor Centre or Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

The warning is scheduled to end on September 6.

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