On August 12, 2017 the Fernie COS was forced to destroy two sibling immature cougars near the Island Lake Lodge. The approximately 2.5 year old cougars were destroyed due to the risk they posed to the general public. One healthy male and one underweight female cougar were destroyed by COs. The pair were sighted near the Island Lake Lodge area numerous times on separate occasion within a two week period. The cougars displayed abnormal behaviors by approaching the public and in one case a member of the public was forced to though rocks at one of the cougars in order to retreat to safety.
There were 3 cougar sightings at Island Lake Lodge yesterday. Island Lake Lodge had 2 Conservation Officers survey the property in and around the sightings and it was determined to be unlikely that an animal carcass is in the area. It is more likely that the cougar were passing through the area. Trails on Island Lake Lodge property are open at this time.
Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime. Report human/wildlife conflict to the 24 hour Conservation Officer hotline on 1-877-952-7277
For more information on wildlife safety go t0https://wildsafebc.com/species/
Friday August 4th. Lazy Lizard and all hiking trails at Island Lake are closed while the Conservation Officer Service is investigating the area looking for a possible kill site following a number of cougar sightings throughout the day yesterday.
Thank you for respecting this closure for your own safety and the wildlife in the area.
For more information on cougar safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/cougar/