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Bear destroys car at Mammoth, cool bears in Lake Louise, problems for Bear 148 + more bear crazed photographers.

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

One of the aspects that appeals to us at PlanetSKI is the Canadian wildlife - especially the grizzly bears.

In April 2016 we visited Kicking Horse just as its resident bear, Boo, was waking up from his winter hibernation.

We are hoping to see a lot more of Canada's wildlife as we trek round the mountains this summer, there is though a note of caution to wildlife tourists as the grizzlies can be dangerous.

We've compiled a series of news snippets below with a grizzly flavour - the latest stories are featured at the top.


David Herndon and his wife parked their smart Mercedes at Mammoth Mountain over the 4th July holidays and went skiing.

When they returned things were not quite how they left them.

A curious bear had decided to take a look and using its guile and skill, pulled opened the door and then wreaked havoc inside their car.

It seems the bear got trapped in the car and freaked out, chewing up the seats, the steering wheel.. and just about everything else it could sink its teeth and claws into.

And then left behind a big pungent poop!

Watch the video below for the full 'murky' story (sorry for the pun!) - the simple lesson, apparently, is ..."Lock your doors"...

Though judging by the post lower down this Grizzly Page, entitled SOME GRIZZLY TREATMENT, we think bears will get into anything they want to!


Bear destroys car interior at Mammoth MountainBear destroys car interior at Mammoth Mountain















You may have heard Canada is in the midst of a huge heatwave, so how do our furry friends keep cool in the sweltering heat?

This cool Grizzly found a nice patch of snow to wallow in, up top in the Lake Louise ski area.

Photo by Natacha Welsh from July 4.

Cool Grizzly bear - wallowing in Lake Louise (photo: Facebook SkiLouise)Cool Grizzly bear - wallowing in Lake Louise (photo: Facebook SkiLouise)





















We don't like the sound of this.

Grizzly 148 is a well-known female grizzly bear that was trapped and caught in Canmore 3rd July 2017, after a close encounter with a man and his daughter in a buggy.

She is now on her way back to Banff National Park – for the moment anyway.

But her future is being considered.

6 year-old Bear 148 is being moved to the farthest extent of her home range near Castle Mountain in Banff and the north end of Kootenay National Park, buying her some time as Parks Canada works out possible options, including extensive aversive conditioning.

The problem is Bear 148 may have had too many encounters with humans!

To help keep safe, travel in groups, carry bear spray, make lots of noise & keep all dogs on leads.

If you are interested in saving Bear 148, who may be pregnant - then sign this petition.

'Please look after this bear' - Bear 148'Please look after this bear' - Bear 148














A family video captures some crazy people getting ridiculously close to a grizzly bear in Banff National Park for a few snaps of these upredictable wild creatures.

The only thing separating them was a flimsy fence.

Mark Sawlor who took the video said he couldn't believe how close some tourists got to the wild predator with only a wire mesh fence for protection.

"We saw some cars on the side of the road and thought there was a bear there, so we pulled over," Sawlor said.

"It was like they felt that fence was going to protect them somehow," Sawlor said. "People were turning their back to the bear ... I think they broke every rule there are around bear encounters."

Sawlor said that within minutes more than a dozen people were out of their cars. More details here.

Parks Canada suggest a safe distance for bears is 100m.

Parks Canada uses this image to illustrate its recommendation that photographers keep 30 metres away (or roughly three bus lengths) from ungulates like elk and sheep. For bears, wolves and cougars, it is advised to stay 100 metres away. (Parks Canada)Parks Canada uses this image to illustrate its recommendation that photographers keep 30 metres away (approx three bus lengths) from ungulates like elk and sheep. For bears, wolves and cougars, it is advised to stay 100 metres away. (Photo: Parks Canada)











Quite suddenly this grizzly got cross and charged the car.

The couple slowed their vehicle down to where they saw the bear cross the road when suddenly it erupted from the bushes and charged the car.

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The video below certainly has an enormous Aaahh! factor.

An onlooker recorded this fabulous scene of two grizzly bear cubs perched on top of their mother's back as she paddled across Lake Aleknagik in Wood Tikchick State Park in Alaska.

She swims around 400 yards as her cubs cling on for dear life.

The grizzlies high fat content and oily fur helps them to stay afloat.


The owners of this store in Alaska had a surprise when a black bear popped into their liquor store.

It had a quick nose round the sweeties counter before being encouraged to leave.


Nosing around the candy storeNosing around the candy store





















Alaska wildlife officials say they can't explain the rise in bear attacks this season.

Two more Alaskans were mauled by bears over the weekend, bringing the number of bear attacks in the state to four in less than a week, including two fatalities.

Alaska wildlife officials say they don’t know why there have been so many attacks in such a short time.

One official speculated that perhaps bears are coming closer to people this year to follow available food sources such as moose.

On Saturday, two people were injured in separate brown bear attacks, one on military land in Anchorage and the other near the community of Hope south of Anchorage.

Both of those cases involved a bear with a cub, indicating the animals were acting defensively to protect their young.

Read more here.


Can a product like a bin or a food cooler stand up to the Grizzly Treatment.

For about $500, companies can find out if their containers, are truly bear-proof as their products are put to the test by the Grizzly team.

Some Grizzly bears at a bear sanctuary in Yellowstone National Park are testing products to see if manufacturers have made them entirely 'bear proof'.

Randy Gravatt from the sanctuary was recently interviewed on CBS TV and knows exactly what a bear wants.

It is his job to tempt bears to break into coolers and garbage cans at the non-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in Yellowstone National Park so manufacturers can make them even stronger - and to save bears' lives.

And some of the bears are tough cookies.....

Watch the video below to see how the bears find ingenious methods to get 'into' the containers.

Some of the containers are made of steel, or hinged steel, whilst others are made of more lightweight plastics.

More to the point though - just look at the length of those grizzly talons and the damage they can do.



A Calgary-area photographer, says he could only shake his head in disbelief as he watched a Banff National Park visitor walk right up to a grizzly bear to get a photo of the wild animal from just metres awayRead more here.

Potographer possibly getting too close to grizzly in BanffPotographer possibly getting too close to grizzly (dark form in shrubbery) in Banff













Do these people really not comprehend how dangerous these animals are?

Parks Canada routinely advises visitors to keep their distance from wildlife, and last month launched a new awareness campaign with public notices throughout Banff on posters, signs and pamphlets.

Visitors are asked to stay 30 metres away from elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats when taking photos - that's the equivalent of three bus lengths.

For bears, wolves and cougars, Parks Canada advises photographers to stay 100 metres away - that's ten bus legths.

Bears are so unpredictable, so why wouldn't you want to be a safe distance away.

Keep your distance!

Parks Canada uses this image to illustrate its recommendation that photographers keep 30 metres away (or roughly three bus lengths) from ungulates like elk and sheep. For bears, wolves and cougars, it is advised to stay 100 metres away. (Parks Canada)Parks Canada uses this image to illustrate its recommendation that photographers keep 30 metres away (approx three bus lengths) from ungulates like elk and sheep. For bears, wolves and cougars, it is advised to stay 100 metres away. (Photo: Parks Canada)











Two young grizzly bears frequenting homes along the Stillwater River north of Whitefish have been captured and relocated.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials, the 2 1/2 years old siblings were captured after landowners had reported they were trying to get into a dog kennel to get dog food.

A few days earlier, neighbours to the south reported bears had killed chickens on their property but felt it was black bears and not grizzly bears.

Traps were set at both places and only the two grizzly bears were captured. More details here.


Wildlife viewing on a road trip or guided tour in Banff National Park is just one of the many authentic wilderness experiences in the Canadian Rockies.

However, the main message is, respect the animals and give them some space.

Watch below for more information.



A man was chased by a bear on the outskirts of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, in March this year.

We are no bear experts at PlanetSKI, but we think  it was a black bear! (Please correct us if we are wrong!)

Speaking to local his news provider CTV in Edmonton, Mr Allan said: “The moment that I met the bear it was an instant 'turn around, don’t make eye contact, walk away," but 'that didn’t seem to work."

It looked like a scary encounter as the bear didn't want to leave and persued Mr Allen for a good five minutes.

Though, we do question why Mr Allen wasn't carrying the obligatory 'Bear Spray'?

Watch below as the bear appears very determined to follow Mr Allen and his friend.



When trekking around the Canadian lakes or mountains, a bear spray cannister is the essential must-carry item.

Don't put it in your back pack.

Make sure it's to hand for immediate use if you need it.

So, as with all safety equipment, how do you use bear spray?

Watch the video below for tips on when and how to deploy the cannister.

We're paying special attention in case we need to use one!


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