Even though it may not look like it outside, spring has sprung and bears are starting to wake up in the area. 

As spring begins, bear activity within the national park will ramp up. To safeguard both wildlife and the public during this heightened activity period, necessary area closures may be enforced to ensure safety, stated Banff National Park. 

Cochrane residents are being reminded to be bear aware as our community is no stranger to bear activity:

  • Carry bear spray (be sure to check the expiration date.
  • Make noise
  • Keep all pets on a leash and close to you at all times.
  • Be aware of your surroundings on walking on trails
  • Be respectful of the space and needs of wildlife 

If you do encounter a bear or any other wildlife that could be a public safety concern you are asked to call the 24-hour Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.