Grizzly sow, 3 cubs relocated from Bow Valley after wandering into Canmore

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CANMORE, Alta. - An environmental groups says a grizzly sow and her three cubs had to be relocated from the Bow Valley after attempts to keep the bears from coming into the town of Canmore failed.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says the bears were removed on Wednesday by wildlife officers.

Spokeswoman Sarah Elmeligi said provincial officials had spent several days before the relocation using a subtle hazing process to try to steer the bear family away from the town of Canmore.

She says the bears were not aggressive towards people, but after they wandered through several Canmore neighbourhoods, officials decided the bears would have to be relocated.

Elmeligi says it's not known why the bears didn't respond to the adverse measures to try to keep them away from town.

She says research has found that females with cubs will select habitats in areas of human use as a way to separate themselves from dominant males, who have been known to engage in infanticide.

Elmeligi also said that people in Canmore were warned to stay off certain trails, keep dogs on leashes and to carry bear spray, but several did not.

“Managing attractants means ensuring you have a clean barbecue, no dog food outside, and properly disposed garbage,” says Elmeligi.

“But it also applies to people who don’t live here and who need to make sure their dogs are on leash, they carry bear spray, and they obey trail closures. If we all work together, we can ensure safe human communities and a healthy grizzly bear population. We can coexist with grizzly bears, but it will take effort on all our parts.”

Organizations: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Geographic location: Canmore, Bow Valley

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