Alberta Parks issue 'Cougar warning advisory' for Fish Creek Provincial Park

May 15 2017, 4:35 pm

Over the weekend, Alberta Parks released an advisory for Fish Creek Park due to a cougar being seen in the subsection of Bebo Grove Day Use.

The area of Bebo Grove Day Use is located in between Anderson Road SW and Fish Creek Boulevard.

Park officials say to watch out for a cougar in the area and to remember the following safety tips:

  • Keep children close to you.
  • Avoid surprise encounters. Make noise to alert cougars of your presence (cougars generally avoid people).
  • Keep your dog on a leash or leave it at home.
  • Avoid any area where you smell a dead animal – cougars often cover their kills with forest debris.

If you encounter a cougar:

  • Always leave room for the cougar to escape.
  • Immediately pick up small children.
  • Do not run.
  • Do not turn your back on the cougar.
  • Back away slowly.
  • Make yourself appear as large as possible. Open your jacket if you are wearing one.
  • Maintain eye contact with the cougar.
  • The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey and that you may be a threat to it.

If a cougar attacks, fight back with anything at hand.

For more information on safety around wildlife, check out Alberta Park’s Safety Around Wildlife page. If you see a cougar, report it to Kananaskis Country Emergency Services at 403-591-7755.

Image: Alberta Parks Bebo Grove Day Use

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