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Important Updates
Suspected cougar in the area of Golden Aspen
Posted On March 16, 2023

Paw tracks indicate that a small cougar may have been in the Golden Aspen area last night. The tracks may belong to a bobcat, but in an abundance of caution, we urge vigilance while in this area.


What to do in a cougar encounter

If you see a cougar in the distance

  • Do not run or turn your back.
  • If the cougar appears to be unaware of your presence, gather children and pets in close, slowly and cautiously back away and leave the area.

If you see a cougar in your backyard

  • Ensure that all people and pets are brought inside.
  • Give the cougar enough space to leave the yard.
  • Notify your neighbours, and the nearest Fish and Wildlife office.

If the cougar is close

If a cougar is close and showing aggressive behaviour (hissing and snarling or staring intently or tracking movements):

  • Do not run and do not play dead.
  • Bring your children and pets in close.
  • Show the cougar that you are not easy prey by making yourself look big and speaking loudly.
  • If the cougar makes contact, fight back and don’t give up. Use all means at your disposal. Hit the cougar in the face with rocks, sticks or your fists. Don’t stop. If you get knocked down, get back up. Use your bear spray.