GRPF January Park Talk: Kananaskis Bear Aversion Program

GRPF January Park Talk: Kananaskis Bear Aversion Program


Bear Photo Courtesy of Derek Reich
Photo Courtesy of Derek Reich

Tuesday, January 26, 7pm

Join Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park’s Randy Ramsden for a presentation about the “Kananaskis Bear Aversion Program”. In place since the late 1980s, this is the longest running grizzly bear aversion program in Canada. The program uses aversive conditioning to teach Grizzly Bears to avoid humans and vehicles. The ultimate goal is to increase the safety of both bears and humans.

The Evening’s Expert

Randy Ramsden has worked with Alberta Parks for 20 years. He started his career in the Chain Lakes/Claresholm District in 1996, and was transferred to the Crowsnest Pass in 2000 where he found his passion for working with bears. During his time in the Crowsnest Pass he became heavily involved in Black Bear and Grizzly Bear work. In 2003 he transferred to Kananaskis District, where he ran the human wildlife conflict prevention program, which included the Kananaskis Grizzly Bear Aversion program. He was in the Kananaskis District for 13 years before promoting to District Conservation Officer in 2015 in the Cochrane Glenbow District.

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