Safety Around Wildlife
We encourage you to actively discover, explore and experience nature. Here are a few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
Wildlife is Wild!
- Wildlife may look tame but they're not.
- They are wild animals. Be cautious no matter when or where you see wildlife.
Give Wildlife Space.
- Keep at least three bus lengths (30 metres/100 feet) away from large animals.
- Keep about three times that distance (100 metres/325 feet) away from bears.
No Treats Allowed!
- In campgrounds and day-use areas, never leave food or leftovers out.
- Use bear-proof bins to promptly dispose of garbage.
- Feeding or approaching wildlife too closely causes animals to lose their natural fear of people. They may become aggressive, even dangerous.
- Feeding wildlife can also
- Attract animals to roadsides where they can be injured or killed by vehicles.
- Harm or kill animals because treats offer poor nutrition.
- Lead to eating garbage, which brings animals into conflict with people.
- Affect your health. Direct contact with wildlife may expose you to rabies and tick-related diseases.
Smile for the Camera.
- Photograph wildlife from a vehicle or observation area.
- Don't surround, crowd or follow an animal.
- Never put people (especially children) at risk by posing them with wildlife.
For more information
- Check advisories which include bear and cougar advisories.
- Download our pamphlets.
- Kananaskis Country has special information on safety around wildlife.