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Canada3 black bears hit and killed in Banff in span of a week

15:00  08 august  2019
15:00  08 august  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Unfortunately, three black bears have been killed in the park over the past two weeks . Two were hit by cars, while the other was hit by a train. The fate of another bear that was hit on the Trans-Canada Highway earlier this week remains unknown. Parks Canada urges everyone to carry bear spray and

Bears are one of the most incredible sights to see in Banff National Park. If you're coming to Banff and spending some time in the national park to appreciate the wildlife, you've probably thought about the possibility of seeing a bear in it's natural habitat.

3 black bears hit and killed in Banff in span of a week© Getty Black Bear in green grass.

Three black bears have been hit and killed by vehicles in Banff National Park in the span of a week, in what a wildlife expert describes as a series of "unfortunate circumstances."

Dan Rafla, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Parks Canada, says the first death happened on July 29, when a sub-adult black bear was struck and killed on the CP Rail tracks near the Banff townsite.

Then on Aug. 1, a black bear cub was hit by a transit bus on Mountain Avenue in the town.

"That was later in the night, around 11 o'clock in the evening, so it was dark," Rafla said.

And in the early morning of Aug. 5, a vehicle hit and killed an adult black bear on the Trans-Canada Highway, just west of the Town of Banff.

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Driving home from our overnight hike to Howse River we spotted this young bear on a cliff, just next to the road. I turned off the engine and let the car

Rafla said the bear had likely climbed over the wildlife fence meant to keep animals off the highway.

"Black bears are quite adept at climbing, so we assume it climbed over and unfortunately got hit when it was crossing the Trans-Canada," he said.

'A lot of animals on the landscape'

Bear-human conflicts tend to be more common around this time of year, Rafla added.

"We have a lot of animals on the landscape and there's a lot of movement right now. We're in the berry season and bears are voraciously looking for food to feed on and to put on enough weight for the winter, and they're maybe not as attentive," he said.

"It was maybe a bit of unfortunate circumstances to have a flurry of collisions and mortalities all within a week."

That said, Rafla added the deaths should serve as a reminder to obey speed limits through the national park.

"There's a reason why it's 90 km/h and you can have wildlife on the road, despite having a fence there," he said.

"Slowing down allows for better detection of wildlife and also better reaction time."

Wolf involved in rare Banff National Park attack was old and in poor condition.
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A wolf that attacked a man in a tent at a campground in Banff National Park last week was an older animal in poor health. Parks Canada said the wolf attacked the man early Friday morning at the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway north of Lake Louise. "He had been camping with his wife and two children and around midnight sometime he heard noises around the campsite," said Jon Stuart-Smith, a human-wildlife conflict specialist. "He tried to scare it off by just making some noise from inside the tent, thinking it might be a bear. He poked the side of his tent and that's when the wolf bit him through the tent.

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