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Living Smart with Cougars

Cougars, though rarely seen, are residents in the Bow Valley. The information below will help you stay safe.

Avoid Cougar Encounters

  • Cougars generally avoid people.
  • Travel in groups and keep everyone together including children and dogs.
  • Cougars can be attracted to children, due to their small size and erratic movement patterns. Keep watch over your children, especially during dusk and dawn, when cougars are most active.
  • Walk your dog on leash.
  • Make noise to alert cougars of your presence.
  • Leave the area if you see or smell a dead animal. Cougars usually cover their kills with forest debris.

Handling an ENCOUNTER

  • Immediately pick up children and pets.
  • Do not turn your back on a cougar.
  • Maintain eye contact with the cougar.
  • Always leave room for it to escape.
  • NEVER RUN; it may trigger an attack.
  • Make yourself appear as large as possible.
  • Back away slowly.

Handling an ATTACK

  • Fight back with anything at hand.
  • Use bear spray (keep canisters easily accessible and warm in winter to improve effectiveness).


Report cougar sightings to 403.591.7755
For all public safety emergencies, call 9-1-1


Of Interest...

The following interactive map illustrates cougar activity in the vicinity of the Town of Canmore. The illustration is based on snow-tracking and GPS fixes recorded at regular intervals between December 2000 and February 2001.

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