Wildsafe BC Princeton is reporting numerous sightings of a cougar in the Coalmont and Tulameen areas. Caution is being urged, and anyone spotting a cougar is asked to call the Conservation Service at 1-877-952-7277.
Encountering a cougar can be frightening, but it’s important to remember a few key tips to stay safe. The experts at Wildlife BC recommend avoiding walking alone and making noise to avoid surprise encounters. It’s also important to keep your pets on a leash and under control when in wildlife country.
If you do come face-to-face with a cougar, it’s crucial to stay calm and not run. Running can trigger an attack, so instead, make yourself look as large as possible and slowly back away, keeping the cougar in your line of sight. If you have children or small pets with you, pick them up immediately and keep older children close to you.
Remember, cougars may make vocalizations when they feel threatened, so it’s important to maintain eye contact and speak to them firmly. If you have bear spray, be ready to use it if necessary, and seek assistance or shelter as soon as possible.
These are just a few tips to help you stay safe in cougar country. It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions when exploring the beautiful Okanagan and Similkameen area. If you have any further information about cougar sightings or any other wildlife-related news, please email us at [email protected]. Stay safe out there!