Many of our parks and forested areas surrounding the Village are home to cougars and black bears. It is important to diligent in the forests and at home to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
Remove cougar and bear attractants at your home by
- Never feed deer or other possible prey species for cougars.
- Store your solid waste securely until the morning of collection day; household garbage is the single biggest killer of bears. Keep your garbage containers clean
- Feed your pets indoors and keep your pets indoors, especially at night. Store your pet food inside.
- Keep your BBQ clean
- Collect fruit from your trees. Contact the LUSH Valley fruit tree program if you need help.
- Keep rodents under control. Cougars may feed on rodents, which are attracted to bird feeders.
- If you keep chickens or small livestock, store all your feed in a secure location and ensure feeding areas are clean and free of attractants.
If you meet a bear or cougar in the wild, remain calm and back away slowly.
- avoid hiking or biking alone
- keep children close to you and pets under control at all times
- talk, sing or make noise to prevent surprising an animal
- be alert and watch for tracks or other signs of wildlife, especially at dusk or dawn
- do not litter – use the garbage cans provided, or take out what you bring in.
- do not feed any wildlife, including birds and squirrels.
- If you see a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Pick up small children and keep other children close to you. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
- If attacked by a cougar, you must fight back. Use rocks, sticks or whatever you have at hand to protect yourself.
Report aggressive wildlife to the BC Conservation Officer service at 1-877-952-7277.Search again