Alberta Environment and Parks officials shut down the Lily Lake Trail in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park last week, after a bear exhibited “abnormal” behaviour.
Conservation Officer Connor Rowe told The Leader a group was hiking on the trail when “a bear charged them.” The bear didn’t come into physical contact with anyone in the group, and they were able to get out of the area with no harm done, but officials are taking no chances.
“It might be closed for the rest of the season,” said Rowe.
Lily Lake Trail is a roughly three-kilometre path from the Marten Mountain lookout down to the lake. Rowe said there are lots of berries in the area at this time of year, which might be why the bear was there. However, the reason why it behaved as it did is – as usual – a matter of speculation.
Elsewhere in the park there are also plenty of wild berries – more, if anything – but no problems have been reported. A bear was seen passing through the Marten River Campground, but not in a manner that caused much alarm. Nothing at all has been reported from Devonshire Beach, Rowe said.
The trail head on Marten Mountain, as it appeared early last week.