Living with Wildlife
Tips for Living with Wildlife
Living in the Canmore Area
- This corridor allows bears, cougars, wolves and elk to move
between habitat patches where they find food, escape predators,
breed, give birth and establish territories.
- In this wildlife corridor, people are
restricted to designated trails to prevent human-wildlife
conflicts and to minimize disturbance to wildlife.
- It is illegal to use trails other than those shown on the benchlands trails map and posted signs.
- The potential for encounters with wildlife always exists. To
prevent such encounters:
- call out regularly to make your presence known to animals so
that you don't startle them;
- keep children within 10 feet of an adult at all times; and
- keep your dog on a leash.
- If you see a bear or cougar, call Kananaskis Emergency Services
- Trails may be closed temporarily due to bear activity or other
wildlife concerns - please respect these closures to ensure both
your safety and the safety of wildlife.
Living in Cougar Country
As human activity increases in Kananaskis Country and in the Bow
Valley area, there is a greater likelihood of human-cougar
encounters and people living in cougar country must take special
precautions. We monitor cougar activity and work to protect the
species while minimizing risk to residents throughout the Bow
Valley and Kananaskis Country.
- When children are outdoors, they
- play in supervised
- stay away from dense vegetation;
- return inside before
- When walking (or skiing) in or near
- travel in groups;
- consider carrying a walking stick and
pepper spray; and
- make noise to alert cougars of your
- Dogs and cats are easy prey for many
predators. Free-roaming pets may attract and be attacked by
- Never let your pet roam freely.
- Walk your pet during the day,
avoiding identified wildlife corridors such as along waterways and
- Bring your pet in at night.
- Do not leave attractants like pet food and garbage outside -
always use wildlife-proof garbage bins.
- Avoid areas where carcasses have been
left. Be aware that cougars often cover their kill with forest
debris. Your nose may detect what your eyes cannot!