Living With Wildlife Film - Canmore, AB
May 03, 2017

The Bow Valley is the busiest place in the world where people and grizzly bears still coexist. ‘Living with Wildlife’ is the story of how communities in the Bow Valley of Alberta, Canada have come together over the past 20 years to live with grizzly bears and other wildlife. The film takes a realistic look at the challenges and the constant pressures wildlife face.

"The film shows how a kind of paradigm shift needs to happen with recreation in the valley. People need to be aware of seasonal wildlife sensitivities and plan their activities accordingly. Last summer was a great example of how bears needed space because the buffalo berry crop was so good,” says John Paczkowski, Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, “there were many bear closures during that time and for the most part people respected them. People realized it was much easier for them to accommodate bears at that time of year rather than the other way around."

Partners on this project include The Calgary Foundation, Town of Canmore, Alberta Environment and Parks, Yellowstone to Yukon, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and a handful of private donors.

To view the Living with Wildlife film, go to the following link:
Living With Wildlife

9th Annual Family Fun Day
May 20, 2017

Mountain View BearSmart would like to say thanks to everyone who came out and made our 9th annual Bear Awareness Family Fun Day a great time! It was wonderful to have such nice sunny weather for a change.

We look forward to seeing you all again same time next year!

Society Meeting
Sep 21, 2017

Mountain View BearSmart Society will hold it's next general meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Elkton Valley Campground. Pot luck supper and meeting at 5:30 pm.

Anyone interested in joining our society is more than welcome! You don't need to know a lot about bears, just a willingness to learn and to get involved in sharing bear safety information.

Directions: On Highway 22, go to the Elkton Road turnoff (7 miles north of Cremona or 9.5 miles south of Highway 27), go west on Elkton Road for almost 1.5 miles (watch for the campground signs and do not cross the bridge), turn right and follow the road over a couple of cattle guards and past the trailer sites to the registration entrance. The event is held in the large green and white metal sided building.

Bear & Cougar Awareness/Safety Presentation
Sep 30, 2017

Mountain View BearSmart Society volunteers are able to deliver presentations to the public and industry on the BearSmart program, bear and cougar biology, and human/wildlife safety. We can customize a presentation to any grade level for your school, to your employees in the office or the field, or to your community group. The quality of our presentations has been upgraded by the purchase of new audio/visual equipment through the generous funding of the Community Spirit Program from Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.

In addition to the presentations made to the Sundre, Cremona and Didsbury schools during our annual Bear Awareness Week, we have done presentations to the Dickson Fish & Game Association, Sunpine Sundre, Shell Fallen Timber Plant, Shell Caroline Plant, Cottonwood Cougars Junior Forest Wardens, Milestone Oilfield Services, Olds Search and Rescue, Didsbury Search and Rescue, Brazeau County Search and Rescue, Mountain View County employee health & safety day, Bergen Springs Community Association, Sundre Hiking Club, Wild Sheep Foundation youth camp, ConocoPhillips Safety Meeting, Bergen Cub Jamboree, and Cochrane Humane Society Kids Camp.

We also set up our display booth and distribute educational materials at the annual SPOG's Neighbour Day in Sept in Sundre, Living in the Natural Environment event in Feb in Cochrane,  Safety Day in May in Rocky Mountain House; and Rural Crime Watch Trade Show in May in Olds.

If you'd like to arrange a presentation, contact us at

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