Warning - All areas surrounding and including the Town of Banff

Issued: January 11, 2021

Ends: February 13, 2021

WHY:  A cougar(s) has been frequenting the Town of Banff and surrounding area. A cougar displayed aggressive behaviour, after approaching a dog walker at a close distance.

·     To avoid an encounter with a cougar, or other dangerous wildlife, you should be prepared to:

·     Travel in groups and keep everyone together.
·     Be especially cautious when travelling during dawn and dusk, when wildlife is most active.
·     Travel slowly if you are cycling or jogging, and do not wear ear buds.
·     Make noise to alert a cougar or other potentially dangerous wildlife to your presence.
·     Carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it.
·     Keep your dog on a leash at all times and walk your dog during daylight hours if possible.
·     Leave the area if you see or smell a dead animal.
·     Never approach, entice or feed wildlife.

If You See a Cougar
·     Do not approach the animal. 
·     Face the cougar, and retreat slowly – do NOT run or play dead. 
·     Try to appear bigger by holding your arms or an object above your head. 
·     Immediately pick up small children. 
·     Be aggressive. Shout, wave a stick or throw rocks to deter an attack.

Report your sighting, immediately, to Banff 24/7 Emergency Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

Start date: 11-Jan-21

IEM : 2021-HWC-0000-BANFU-0024
End date: Until Further Notice