Canada grizzly bear attack victims were on permitted hike, carrying bear spray

Canada grizzly bear attack victims were on permitted hike, carrying bear spray

Canadian park officials announced on Tuesday that the two individuals who were killed by a grizzly bear in Banff National Park last week were on a permitted hiking and camping trip. At the time of the incident, there was no active bear warning in place. According to Parks Canada, park staff discovered two cans of bear spray at the scene and confirmed that the individuals’ food had been properly hung to prevent attracting animals.

The statement from Parks Canada revealed that these deaths marked the first fatalities caused by a grizzly bear in Banff National Park in many years. The bear involved in the attack was not collared, tagged, or previously known to park staff. Late on Friday, Parks Canada was alerted about the bear attack and the response team had to shoot and kill the animal when it charged at them.

Through a necropsy, officials determined that the bear was a non-lactating older female, estimated to be over 25 years old. The bear was in fair condition but had less body fat than expected for this time of year and had dental issues. Parks Canada stated that they do not believe another bear was involved in the incident and, as a precautionary measure, an area closure has been implemented.

The identities of the victims will not be released by Parks Canada. However, according to Kim Titchener, the founder of Bear Safety and More and a friend of the family, the victims were a Canadian couple and their dog. Bear sightings tend to increase during autumn as bears become more active in search of food before hibernating during the winter months. Banff National Park, which attracts over 4 million tourists annually, is home to both grizzly and black bears.

Banff National Park is home to approximately 60 grizzly bears, and this population is considered threatened in Alberta. Over the past decade, there have been three recorded non-fatal encounters with grizzly bears in the park. It is important to note that these encounters did not result in fatalities.

The article was reported by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa and edited by Lisa Shumaker. The reporting adheres to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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