Drumheller is a great place to come across wildlife: deer, moose, coyotes, beavers and other creatures can be seen by anyone who hangs out by the Red Deer River, but it isn't often that we hear about a bear sighting.
A visitor to the valley claims to have done just that last weekend on North Dinosaur Trail between the Royal Tyrrell Museum and town.
"I walk on that trail every morning when I'm in Drumheller," said Linda Ellis. "I know what bear scat looks like; it's been there for about a week. I was coming back on my bike (Saturday) and there was a bear just by the black bridge, the bridge that isn't used anymore."
"You come down underneath that and then you go up a bit of a rise and then over a little, tiny wooden bridge and he was on the left hand side," she explained. "You can see, or you could see, where he had shaken the bush and there were lots of berries on the ground too."
Ellis did not approach the animal, but passed on by. When she returned to her campsite she decided to follow it up further.
"I called Fish and Wildlife and they told me that bears follow the river and this year, because of dry conditions and fires, maybe they're moving a little more; I don't know."
Ellis did do her regular hike on Sunday morning, July 29, but she waited until 9:00 a.m. so there would be more people on the trail.