Be Prepared for Bear Encounters

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Updates

It’s past mid-May and once again the bear season.
Bears are cute but also seriously dangerous. Before you go out on a hiking or camping trip, do the following to get prepared for bear encounters:
  • carry bear spray, have it accessible, and know how to use it
  • make noise (playing music, singing aloud, clapping hands, etc.) and travel in groups
  • keep pets on leash or leave your pets at home
  • pack out what you pack in. Leave no trace behind.
  • report all bear sightings to 403-591-7755. Your reporting is important for warning other hikers and campers.

Check the Advisories & Public Safety page by Alberta Parks for active Bear Warnings before you visit a park this summer.

How to properly use bear spray (Alberta Parks):

Large animals sometimes wander into our city and can pose a public safety risk. If you spot bears, cougars or moose within Calgary, please call 9-1-1.

For more information on bear safety practices and the latest advisories visit and

Word of the Day:

Encounter: an unexpected meeting with someone or something