As Cheryl was driving along Three Sisters Drive in Canmore yesterday, she spotted this cinnamon-colored black bear eating berries. It was near the turn-off to Spray Lakes road as you head up towards the nordic centre.
The sheperdia(buffalo berries) are ripening and we should be prepared to see bears anywhere that the berries are plentiful. Bow Valley Wildsmart posts updates on bear activity here http://www.wildsmart.ca/news/category/bear-activity/, but if you have twitter, the updates are even more current https://twitter.com/wildsmart.
When using the term “Black bear,” I’m referring to the species. They can come in a variety of colours. The snout on a black bear is different from a grizzly, but we can’t see this bear’s face. What is the other obvious sign that it is a black bear?
Can we also tell from the greater length of the ears on the black bear?
You know your bears! -Bob