Temporary hiking restriction for Mount Revelstoke National Park

Parks Canada is working to protect grizzly #49, who is a regular to the park’s summit area

A grizzly bear. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons license photo by Chris Parker. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisparker2012/

A grizzly bear feeding in the summit area of Mount Revelstoke National Park has led Parks Canada to implement a temporary hiking restriction.

In a statement, Parks Canada said the grizzly, identified as #49, is “becoming increasingly bold and fearless of people. This puts both people and the bear at risk.”

As of Friday, October 2, 2020 visiting hikers must travel in groups of four or more adults to all summit trails including Koo Koo Sint, Fire Lookout, First Footsteps, Eva, Miller and Jade Lakes trails. The restriction remains in effect until further notice.

The maximum distance between two individuals must not exceed three metres and should be less when sight or hearing is reduced by the physical surroundings.

Parks Canada says it has been working hard to protect grizzly #49, who regularly uses the summit area of Mount Revelstoke.

“This week, bear #49 has been feeding in the summit area of Mount Revelstoke. It is important for bears to be able to feed relatively undisturbed and find good natural food sources in the fall to ensure longevity and survival. Male grizzly bears need to consume around 30,000 calories/day and before winter sets in, they need to store enough fat reserves to get them through the winter,” said Parks Canada.

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