Carnivore Safety Tips
The following tips will help you live and play safely in
We must all take an active role in reducing the attractiveness of our
neighbour-hood to cougars.
neighbourhood carnivore free. It many not be illegal to leave pets outside
overnight, or to do other things which may attract wild animals to your back
yard, but doing so endangers everyone in the community. A cougar or wolf
attracted by a dog may end up injuring someone. If you have a neighbour that is
not considering the safety of the carnivores and the community, try talking to
them. If you don't feel comfortable, than why not leave them a note.
Click here to view a cougar warning that you can print out to leave at your
an eye on your children. Don't let your kids play unattended in the back
yard, especially when carnivores are known to be in the area. You also want
to keep your children away from dense bush which cougars may use for cover.
Make lots of noise. Just like bears, cougars and
wolves will often retreat if given the opportunity. Walking in large groups,
and making noise will give carnivores the chance to retreat and reduce the
likelihood of a sudden encounter.
Be cautious at dusk and dawn. Contrary to popular
belief, most predators are most active at dusk and
dawn. This is a time to be especially cautious.
Keep your pets indoors. While you may have left your
pet in the backyard in the past, it's now time to start bringing it indoors.
Cougars and wolves can easily kill the largest dog and leaving your pet out
may prompt an attack. Also, be sure to keep your dog on a leash. Pets
running free may provoke a carnivore, and then lead it to you. Coyotes
commonly take smaller dogs and domestic cats.
Make sure you don't leave food or garbage outside.
The strong smell of food or garbage may attract an animal into your back
yard. Feed your pets indoors and keep your garbage securely stored.
If you see a cougar
Remember, cougars and wolves are very different than
bears. Cougars and wolves do not bluff charge. and playing dead is never
recommended in a carnivore attack.
Don't Run. Carnivores are a powerful predator.
Running may trigger an attack.
Face the carnivore and retreat slowly. Keep direct
eye contact with the animal while you slowly retreat towards safety.
Look larger than life. Raise your arms above your
head to make yourself look larger than normal. This may help to intimidate
the carnivore. You may also want to throw rocks and yell at it. Aggression
will often scare it off.
Pick up your small children. Carnivores will often
select smaller prey, such as children or pets. Pick your children up to
discourage the attack.
Report the sighting. If you see a cougar or wolf near
the townsite, call the Banff wardens office at (403) 762-1470.
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