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Bear sightings lead to warnings and closures in Kananaskis

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 at 10:52 am MDT

A grizzly bear known as Bear 148, is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada, Alex P. Taylor, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If you’re heading out to the backcountry this long weekend, Alberta Parks is warning you about bears.

Several bear advisories have been issued and a number of trails have been closed as a result of bear activity.

The closures include the Chester Lake Trail, Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and the Bill Milne Bicycle Trail in Kananaskis.

Warnings are also in place for areas in K-Country including the Troll Falls Trail, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Burstall Pass, and the Lower Lake campground.

Alberta Parks said although some areas have warnings you could run into a bear anytime in the backcountry so make sure you’re “bear smart” making plenty of noise, travelling in groups, keeping your pet on a leash and carry bear spray.