Bear attack prompts closures in Waterton Lakes National Park

A bear attack in Waterton Lakes National Park has left two people injured and forced the closure of numerous trails in the park.

Parks Canada tells CityNews two people were hiking up Ruby Ridge from Crandell Lake around 2 p.m. Tuesday when they came across a bear.

Officials say the bear charged at the pair and both were injured. The hikers were able to use bear spray and fend off the animal.

The two hiked out of the park and were taken to hospital in an ambulance in stable condition.

The following areas have been closed as a result of the attack:

  • Crandell lake trail, all sections
  • Lineham trail
  • Crandell lake backcountry campground
  • The former Crandell Mountain campground area
  • Canyon Church Camp
  • Adjacent backcountry areas including Crandell Mountain and Ruby Ridge

In a comment on a Facebook post announcing the closure of the area, Waterton Lakes National Parks officials say the two people involved in the incident are in stable condition and recovering.

The bear hasn’t been found, according to Parks Canada, and the species of the bear is not known at this time.

Parks Canada says it continues to investigate the incident.

Those who don’t follow the closure order could be charged under the Canada National Parks Act, which has a maximum penalty of $25,000.

All bear and carnivore sighting should be reported to 1-888-927-3367 or to Parks Canada staff.

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