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Canmore Resident Reports Encounter with Cougar

A Canmore resident has reported an encounter with a cougar within the Canmore townsite. Reportedly the cougar did not make contact with the individual.  Fish and Wildlife officers are closely monitoring the area and no further activity has been detected.

Officers remind residents to be continually mindful with regards to preventing cougar encounters. The following tips can help you avoid chance encounters:

  • Never feed any kind of wildlife. Feeding or leaving fallen bird seed or salt licks that attract wildlife such as deer to your property will, in turn, attract cougars and other predators. Urban deer that get food from unnatural sources such as your yard tend to become slower and more docile, making them easier prey for cougars. Cougars may be more likely to enter human-use areas if the deer there are easier to catch.
  • Avoid attracting small animals to your yard. Keep your garbage in a container with a tightly fitting lid.
  • Keep the perimeter around your house clear of thick or tall vegetation. This will help ensure that cougars, other predators and prey species will not see your home as a safe place to stop to rest or search for food.
  • Remove bows on trees to a height of 6 feet and underbrush which may act as cover for predators. 
  • Close off open spaces under decks or patios with durable wire mesh. This will prevent cougars, and other wildlife, from using that space for shelter.
  • Install motion-activated security lights. These may help frighten away curious cougars.
  • Encourage your family and neighbours to take the same preventative measures on their property. If a cougar returns to your neighbourhood, it is because it has learned that food or shelter can be easily attained there.
  • Travel in groups of 5 adults especially during early mornings and evenings.More information is available from Fish and Wildlife at:esrd.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/human-wildlife-conflict/default.aspx

    Canmore residents are reminded that due to the considerable amount of green space and heavy bush cover within the town site residents must be constantly predator aware!

    Throughout Alberta, report Cougar sightings to the Report a Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3800.

    In the Bow Valley, these sightings can be reported to Kananaskis Emergency Services at 403-591-7755.

Follow this link to read more about the encounter referenced above: www.rmoutlook.com/article/20150130/RMO0801/150139999/cougar-charges-at-canmore-man

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