CANMORE – A Sunday night stroll is always a nice way to top off a weekend – even if you're a bear.
A black bear sniffed out the Brazilian BBQ on Main Street in Canmore today. It was swiftly told to leave by staff. The bear left without incident and is currently wandering throughout the community. Be on the lookout in the downtown area for a hungry black bear! 🐻🍴 #canmore #hungrybear #blackbear 🤳@brazilianbbqPosted by Bow Valley Network on Sunday, July 7, 2019
A curious black bear decided to take a walk down Canmore's Main Street Sunday (July 7) evening with a quick pit stop into a popular restaurant.
A video posted to Facebook shows the mischievous bruin running into the open door of the Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Gaucho, before quickly turning around to walk out again.
Canmore RCMP and Fish and Wildlife officers responded to the reports a black bear was walking down Railway Avenue near the Safeway around 7 p.m.
Cpl. Sabrina Clayton said the teams worked together to follow the bear along and push it towards the bush.
"It did walk along Main Street with RCMP and Fish and Wildlife behind it all the way to the downtown area by Gaucho," said Clayton.
"They followed the bear along and kind of pushed it into the bush, it ran into the bush by the Bow River, so the area residents were advised that there was a bear in the area but that was the only action required – just to move the bear along."
Clayton said it did not appear the bear was searching for food, or in any way posing a danger to the community.
"Our biggest concern is always public safety and in this case the bear was not exhibiting dangerous behaviour and was just moved along into the bush," said Clayton.
"I think it's a good reminder that the bears aren't just in the bush, that they can be in any point in town regardless of what they're looking for ... It's just a good reminder that there could be a bear on Main Street."
In the meantime, bear-icades might be useful for certain downtown Canmore restaurants.