Mt Proctor trails in Fernie closed until further notice due to cougar activity

Cougars reported following hikers and approaching mountain bikers on Fairy Creek and Swine flu trails in Fernie over the weekend.  Trails have been closed until further notice.

COUGAR SAFETY TIPScougar kit by meg2 

*Be Aware of the wildlife in the area

*Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice)

*Walk in groups

*Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray deterrent in a side holster)

*Keep dogs leashed

 

If you encounter a Cougar:

 

*STAY CALM

*DO NOT RUN

*MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT

*Pick up small children and small pets

*LET the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey

*Make yourself as large and as mean as possible

*Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner

*Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife

*If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

*Never approach or feed wildlife

 

Report Sightings to 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on cell

For more information on wildlife safety go to www.wildsafebc.com