Calgary sightings prompt warning
Multiple bear sightings are prompting warnings from officials to keep garbage secured as bears may come into the city looking for food as they fatten up before the winter.
On Friday morning, a bear was spotted near the Glenmore Reservoir. Brendan Cox, spokesman for Fish and Wildlife, said a person spotted the bear from a distance and did not have a “negative or dangerous encounter.”
“This is a natural area that forms part of a wildlife corridor with many different species of animals travelling through at any given time,” said Cox in an email to Postmedia.
Then, around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, a bear was sighted in the Glenmore Landing area in the city’s southwest. Cox said the bear had gotten into some garbage left outside one of the nearby restaurants.
That sighting prompted Calgary police to issue a warning on social media for residents to be bear aware and avoid the area.
A Fish and Wildlife officer attended the scene and the bear fled into a nearby green space area.
A black bear was also seen Monday morning in the Weaselhead area at the west end of the reservoir. Cox said it is possible this could be the same bear.
“Fish and Wildlife officers are putting warning signs near the green spaces in the areas of Glenmore Landing, Heritage Park and Weaselhead,” said Cox. “Officers will also be talking with residents and businesses in the area to ensure garbage and other attractants are kept secure. In order to discourage this bear from entering urban areas again, it will be important to ensure it does not receive another food reward.”
Cox said bears are looking for any food they can get to fatten up for hibernation over winter.
“Residents should store garbage in bear-resistant and odour-proof containers or buildings,” said Cox. “Pet owners should not leave pet food and feeders outside.”
Bear concerns and sighting can be reported to the Calgary Fish and Wildlife office at 403-2976423 during business hours or the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.