Bear Sighting Reports

Bear Sighting Reports 

DATEREPORT
April 5, 2021:
Grizzly Bear Sighting
On the morning of April 5, a grizzly bear was seen crossing Highway 11 near Nordegg in Clearwater County. (info from passing motorist)
April 2, 2021:
Grizzly Bear Sighting
On April 2, footprints of a grizzly bear were seen in the snow, on the west boundary of Mountain View County in the Fallen timber area. (info from local landowner)
March 20, 2021:
Cougar Sighting
On the afternoon of March 20, a cougar was seen on the walking trails along the river in NE Sundre. (info from hiker)
January 18, 2021: Cougar SightingIn the very early morning on January 4, a cougar was photographed by a trail camera SW of Gouy's Corner, west of Sundre. (info from local land owner)

Clearwater County encompasses 18,691 square kilometres of rich and diverse landscape and has an abundance of wildlife. There are many viewing opportunities for both residents and visitors. Whether you’re a visitor (hunter, angler, camper, hiker), or a resident (farmer, rancher, acreage owner) situations may occur where wildlife may pose a conflict with your activity or livelihood.

The Mountain View BearSmart Society is a community based group of volunteers who work in conjunction with Alberta Environment & Parks along with Mountain View County and Clearwater County to minimize the potential conflict between humans, bears and other wildlife. For a report on bear sightings in Mountain View County and Clearwater County and for more detailed information on Mountain View BearSmart, visit the Mountain View BearSmart website.

For more information about the Mountain View BearSmart Society and how to submit a report, please visit: www.mountainviewbearsmart.com 
Click here for information on the most recent wildlife sightings in Mountain View County and Clearwater County.
 
If you witness bear activity call 310-0000 toll-free for the nearest Alberta & Environment office (in Olds call 403-556-4256). After hours, call the 24-hour toll-free Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. If the situation is a public safety emergency, call 9-1-1.

Then let Mountain View BearSmart know. Send an email to sightings@mountainviewbearsmart.com with the subject line "Bear Sighting", including the following information:
  • The observation date, place and time of the sighting.
  • Your name and contact information (all personal information will remain confidential)
And if possible, information on:
  • The species (Grizzly, Black Bear, etc.)
  • Number of animals; Whether male or female / with or without cubs
  • Detailed information about the area: Whether facility, residential, rural, acreage or urban.(GPS coordinates if possible)
  • Animal activity at the time (eating, etc.)


If you are interested in learning more about living with wildlife, damage control programs, and how to reduce the risks associated with wildlife visit Alberta Environment & Parks website regarding living with wildlife.


Clearwater County - a BearSmart Community

Clearwater County has always promoted Bearsmart practices as so many of our residents visit, live or work in bear territory. Bear habitats are becoming more fragmented and encounters between bears and humans more common. The confluence between the foothills and agricultural land provides bears with attractants that are nutritious and readily available. 

We are very proud to be partnering with Mountain View BearSmart Society along with Mountain View County and Alberta Bearsmart to get safety messaging out to our residents and visitors. The goals of the program are to provide people with information to make safe decisions when in bear country. It is important to ensure both a healthy bear population as well as educating people on preventing bear encounters and reducing property damage caused by bears.

Information on Mountain View Bear Smart’s Be Bear Aware campaign can be found at www.mountainviewbearsmart.com or through the Clearwater County webpage at www.clearwatercounty.ca/wildlife. The society was first formed in 2008 and consists of a community-based group of volunteers in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks and Mountain View County. Now Clearwater County has joined the partnership which allows our residents to become more involved in workshops and education as well as the ability to report bear and cougar sightings in our area. 

The arrival of warm spring weather heralds many enjoyable outdoor activities such as camping and hiking but with that comes an increase in bear/human encounters. When bears come out of their dens after a 5-6-month hibernation they are hungry and looking to double their weight with high energy food. When natural food sources are poor, bears will travel long distances to seek out alternate sources of food. Bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to the odour of human food and garbage. Bird and pet food, greasy barbeques and decaying fruit and vegetables are all attractants to hungry bears.

Bears are highly intelligent and have an excellent memory along with a good sense of direction and geography. They will often return to a site where they remember food being readily available and so it is very important to put bearsmart practices into force in order to avoid any future confrontation. In the words of Chiara Feder,  Wildlife Biologist with the Provincial government: “Why would you go and pick blueberries for 20 hours a day versus going into a grain bin and sit there for two hours?”

There is a lot of information on Mountain View BearSmart’s website and when Clearwater County is once again able to host events, we will be inviting residents to attend workshops and information sessions. For now, if you see a bear or a cougar please report it by emailing the information to sightings@mountainviewbearsmart.com

Generalized details of the sighting will be posted on the website and included in the weekly bear activity report. This information can also be accessed through Clearwater County’s website on the Wildlife page. If the wildlife concerned is close to your home or business or threatening in nature, please first contact Fish and Wildlife Offices in Rocky Mountain House at 403 845 8230 or Sundre 403 638-3805.