Another Bear Killed By Train Near Banff

Banff Park News, Bear Hunting Magazine
06/19/2013

The first bear mortality of 2013 in Banff happened last week about two miles east of the park when a 200-pound male black bear was hit and killed by a train. Black bears are commonly observed in the area, including crossing the highway and tracks.

To date, there have been two black bear fatalities from trains on the three mile stretch east of the water tower near the park gates and two black bear fatalities from vehicles on that same stretch since 1986. In total, there have been eight records of black bear mortalities from east of the water tower all the way to the park gates: four railway strikes and four on the highway.

There is a five-year, one million dollar Parks Canada/Canadian Pacific Joint Action Plan that hopes to present mitigations that will reduce bear mortality on the tracks in the future.



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