Over the past month there has been an uptick of bear activity, a little too close to home.
In May, Alberta Fish and Wildlife responded to two fatal grizzly bear attacks. The first took place on May 4 near Waiparous Creek and on May 25, a woman was killed in a fatal bear attack southwest of Water Valley.
Last week, there were several reports of black bear sightings in Cochrane, which prompted Alberta Fish and Wildlife to issue a warning for the area.
Now, the MD of Bighorn is also cautioning the public to manage attractions and be prepared when entering bear country.
Officials say that “attacks by bears remain extremely rare.” However, they advise that if you do encounter a bear in the wild, to stay calm and not run away.
They say that it’s best to stay with your group, keep children close, and back away if you see cubs or an animal carcass since the bear will want to protect them.
Officials say it’s important to be prepared to defend yourself with bear spray.
They recommend backing away, leaving the same way you came and to keep your eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively.
Officials from the Municipal District of Bighorn also say that you should seek a hiding place such as a car or building, and use a low voice letting the bear know that you are human and not prey.
Officials strongly advise anyone exploring the area to carry bear spray, keep pets on leash and travel in groups.