The MD of Bighorn is home to a wide range of wildlife species. It is for this reason that many people are drawn to the area every year to live and recreate. It is important for residents to know how to co-exist with these animals and to minimize conflict for the safety of everyone. Small changes can be implemented to your property to ensure wildlife aren’t being encouraged to approach.

The Sharing the Range documentary tells a story about the challenges of living with large carnivores and how people in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve are meeting those challenges. For more information visit

Living Smart With Wildlife

WildSmart is a community organization that provides resources and education for local residents. Their goal is to reduce conflict between people and wildlife through education, outreach, attractant and wildlife management.
Bears, Cougars and Coyotes are among many of the different types of animals that call the MD home. There are many areas in the MD of Bighorn that function as wildlife corridors allowing wildlife to move between habitats throughout the landscape.

Wildlife Information for residents and visitors available on the below fact sheets.
Test your knowledge with this bear identification quiz.

More information about human and wildlife encounters can be found on Alberta Environment and Park’s website.

Wildlife sightings and reports can be made to:

Kananaskis Emergency Services Centre (KESC) at 403-591-7755

KESC is staffed by trained personnel who will record and relay pertinent information in a timely manner. KESC will require specific information from you such as:

  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • What you saw
  • Where you saw it
  • Specific markings (collars, ear tags, different colors of fur, injuries, etc)
  • What the animal was doing
  • How close the animal was
  • What time it was seen

Wildlife Advisories for parks and trails