Wildlife Safety Tips
Bears are attracted to the smell of food. Do not invite
bears to your campsite through carelessness.
- Always store food out of reach of bears. Use
airtight containers in the trunk of your vehicle if
- Never store food in a tent or tent trailer.
- Never cook or eat in or near your tent.
- Do not burn or bury food scraps.
- Do not litter:
- Place all garbage in suitable containers provided in
- Take garbage with you if no containers are available.
- Clean fish at designated cleaning stations. If no cleaning
station is available, dispose of fish remains in proper garbage
- Use a flashlight at night.
- Do not move about the campground at night unless absolutely
- If camping with a dog, keep it on a leash or in your vehicle.
An unleashed or noisy dog may irritate a bear.
If you encounter a bear
- Stay calm. Do not run.
- Make loud noises but do not approach the bear - this may help
ward it off.
- If the bear is at a distance, calmly place all foodstuffs in
- Enter your vehicle as soon as possible.
- Do not harass or chase the bear.
- Notify park staff as soon as possible. Phone 780-865-6972 to
reach a conservation officer.
To prevent cougar
- Learn to recognize cougar behavior and
recent signs of activity such as tracks, scats and markings.
- Avoid areas where carcasses have been left.
Be aware that cougars often cover their kills with forest
- Encourage children to play in supervised
groups when outdoors. Make them come inside before dusk.
- Teach children what to do if they encounter
- Keep pets and pet food inside.
- Travel in a group.
- Carry a walking stick and pepper
- Make noise to alert cougars of your
presence. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep children and pets close.
- If you stumble on cougar kittens, leave the
area immediately. A female cougar will aggressively defend her
- Check with the visitor centre about
wildlife sightings before your trip. You can also check Advisories.
If you encounter a
- Never approach the animal.
- Always leave room for the cougar to easily
- Immediately pick up your children -
children frighten easily and may run, triggering an attack.
- Face the cougar and slowly back away - do
not run or play dead.
- Stay calm; talk to the cougar in a strong,
- Make yourself look as large as you can.
Hold your arms or an object above your head.
- Notify park staff as soon as possible.
Phone 780-865-6972 to reach a conservation officer.
If the cougar is
- Shout, wave a stick or throw rocks - this
may help prevent an attack by making you appear to be a predator
instead of prey.
- if a cougar attacks, fight back! People
have survived attacks by using bare fists, sticks, fishing rods,
rocks, or anything at hand.
Preventing Conflict with Wildlife-Cougars