Living with wildlife
Creature of the month
August – Cougar
Act big. Make Noise. Don’t run.
In the unlikely event that you see a cougar, never run. It’s a cat. If you run, it may run after you. Sometimes cougars are described as shy, but really they are such excellent hunters that they rarely let themselves be seen. Cougars generally avoid humans, but that’s not always the case. Be prepared by keeping your children and pets close to you. A cougar could be nearby at almost any time.
Welcome to a complex place
When you visit Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, you are visiting an area that is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Your behavior can have an impact on the safety of wildlife, ourselves, and other park visitors.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Nations have lived in harmony with these animals for generations. We can learn a lot from their values of Iisaak (loosely translated as respect) for the landscape and its inhabitants.
Keep the “Wild” in Wildlife
Bears, wolves, and cougars live here too! Find out how to live in harmony with these coastal carnivores.
Learn fun facts about the appearance, biology, diet, and tracks of the wolves, bears and cougars we share this area with.
Research, Links & Partners
Want to know how our decisions are made? Find out what research, restoration, and monitoring work is underway in the park reserve by Parks Canada and other organizations.
Questions about wildlife? We’ve got answers!
Browse photos and tips on how to take great pictures without disturbing wildlife.
Before visiting, review information on current closures, advisories, and warnings in the park reserve.