January 18, 2021

Cougar warned Banfu after a close encounter with the dog walker

Parks Canada has issued a cougar warning to the city and surrounding areas of Banff.

“A cougar showed aggressive behavior after approaching a dog walker at close range,” reads the warning issued Monday.

Dan Raffla, a human-wildlife expert at Banff National Park, said it is best to walk with others, carry bear spray and be cautious – especially when walking pets.

“Cuckoos are active at that dawn and dusk … Consider walking your dog during the day, or if you walk it after dark, it’s better to look for an alternative somewhere in a more structured area of ​​the city than city streets. There is, “he suggested.

Rafla said it was important to make a lot of noise.

Also, in the rare case of an attack, defend yourself.

“With bears, sometimes we say we’re dead and you don’t want to play dead with a cougar,” he said.

You want to be threatening, strong and strong, and it will at least appear strong when it comes in contact with you. You want to fight vigorously, use any object that is close to you, be it a rock or a stick or anything you can use to protect yourself. “

Any cougar view should be reported to the Banf 24/7 emergency dispatch line at 403-762-1470.

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