Several trails in Banff National Park are closed following a fatal attack on a dog by a grizzly bear last week. Leo Mitzel was hiking with his Jack Russell terrier on Thursday when the adult bear approached them and killed the dog, which was on a leash at the time of the attack. Mitzel, who runs the nearby Skoki Lodge, was not harmed. In response, officials immediately closed Merlin Meadows and Red Deer Lakes campgrounds; they have since closed additional trails and campgrounds at Hidden Lake and Bear Lake. Parks Canada wildlife conflict specialist Brianna Burley called the incident "abnormal." As of Sunday, the closures remained in place.
Via Ottawa Citizen
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