Cougars, bears and moose have all been reported on trails throughout the Elk Valley the last few weeks. This past long weekend cougar sightings were reported at the top of Lazy Lizard trail and by the parking lot of the Old Growth trail head on the way up to Island Lake Lodge. All trails were closed for a period of time while the Conservation Officers investigated the area for a possible kill site. Nothing was found so trails were reopened.
Last week a moose cow charged at a biker on a trail by Maiden Lake. The moose had been hanging around in the wetland, a great place to be on a hot sunny day. She ran out onto the trail to investigate when she was startled by the biker. Bear sightings were also reported on Montane Blue trail and Grizzly bears reported at the Elk Valley Regional Park and by SMS just south of Elkford.
As trail use continues to increase so will the potential for human/wildlife conflict. It is especially important for everyone to be prepared to encounter wildlife and share the trail with other users including: hikers, bikers, trail runners, horses etc… The best way to prevent collisions is to slow down and call out when approaching blind corners or areas where the line of sight is poor, yield to uphill traffic and wildlife and never leave home without bear spray.
For more information on wildlife safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/