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Black bear struck on highway near Canmore captured by Fish and Wildlife

"We were able to locate the bear today and successfully tranquilize it and then we will assess its injuries and determine what to do with it."
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Fish and Wildlife officer Aaron Szott with a tranquilized male black bear behind 300 Palliser Lane in Canmore on Wednesday afternoon (July 31). Wildlife officials received a report of the bear being hit on the highway night before. TANYA FOUBERT RMO PHOTO

CANMORE – Fish and Wildlife officers located and captured a black bear in Canmore on Wednesday afternoon (July 31) that had been struck and injured on the Trans-Canada Highway the night before.

Officer Aaron Szott said there was a report of a male black bear hit on the highway near the Palliser Trail condominiums on Tuesday evening (July 30).

"We have had numerous bear calls in this area along Palliser Trail," Szott said. "We were able to locate the bear today and successfully tranquilize it and then we will assess its injuries and determine what to do with it."

Wildlife officials are cautioning residents and visitors to the Bow Valley to be bear aware, carry bear spray, keep dogs on leash, and make noise, or travel in groups or three or more, when in heavily wooded areas. 

"Right now with all the berries out in full bloom in the valley bottom we encourage people to be bear smart," Szott said. 

He added that bear sightings in the Canmore townsite can be reported to the 24-hour Report-a-Poacher phone line at 1-800-642-3800



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Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006, and left town briefly in 2012 to be editor of a weekly newspaper in Whistler, B.C.
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