A true sign of spring in the area, Parks Canada has announced the first bear out of hibernation has been spotted in Banff.
Bears spend the winter months in a state of hibernation, slowing their metabolism and conserving energy to survive the cold and scarcity of food. Anyone travelling or hiking in the area is asked to be extra cautious as waking bears begin their search for food.
Cochrane has been a hot spot for bears over the past few years, and many communities are asked to take extra precautions to encourage bears to stay away from town.
For more details on how to be bear-aware go HERE.