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Orphaned Black Bears Return to Banff National Park

Parks Canada, the government agency responsible for national parks across Canada, announced this week that three black bear cubs, originally found in a public washroom in April 2017, have been returned to Banff National Park in Alberta. The three orphans, now yearlings, are healthy and free in the backcountry of Banff.

The cubs were originally found locked inside a public washroom near Vermilion Lakes in the park. An extensive search to locate the mother bear was unsuccessful and Parks Canada never determined if the cubs originated from Banff National Park or somewhere outside the park.

In order to provide the best chance for survival, Parks Canada transferred the bear cubs to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario with the intention of returning the animals to the mountain park landscape in 2018.  Parks Canada’s wildlife specialists recently transported the three yearlings to a remote setting in the backcountry of Banff National Park, where they will now have a second chance to live a natural life in the wild.

Banff National Park is home to abundant wildlife, from black bears and grizzlies, wolves and mountain lions to bighorn sheep, elk and mountain goats.  It is a rich ecosystem and beautiful place to visit for those who wish to experience nature in the Rocky Mountains.

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