Remember! Bears and Cougars Live Here

Remember! Bears and Cougars Live Here


Many of our Regional Parks are home to large mammals like cougars and black bears. For centuries these majestic creatures have hunted and foraged, mated, and raised kittens and cubs in the lands and waters we now call our parks.

Protection of the natural habitat for wildlife is a high priority for the RDN Parks Department and all of our partnering agencies. Balancing recreational enjoyment with conservation means we must respect the natural environment and realize that as park visitors, we are stepping into the home of these beautiful and wild animals.

While an encounter with a bear or cougar is unlikely, below are some simple tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable park visit.


While Visiting Wilderness Parks

  • Do not litter - use the garbage cans provided, or take out what you bring in.
  • Do not feed any wildlife, including birds and squirrels.
  • Avoid hiking alone.
  • Talk, sing or make noise to prevent surprising an animal.
  • Keep children close to you and pets under control at all times.
  • Be alert and watch for tracks or other signs of wildlife, especially at dusk or dawn.

If you see a

Information on bear and cougars
Bear Tracks BLACK BEAR
  • Do not approach it.
  • Do not look it in the eyes.
  • Back away slowly, keep it in view.
  • Black Bears can run fast, climb trees and swim.
  • Talk in a calm, soft voice.
  • Do not play dead.
  • Do not run.
Cougar Tracks COUGAR
  • Do not approach it.
  • Pick up children immediately.
  • Back away slowly.
  • Do not turn your back to it.
  • Do not bend down low.
  • No sudden movements.
  • Make yourself look big.
  • Do not run.

If you observe an animal that appears threatening, persistent or aggressive call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or *7277 on your cell - Available 24hr for reporting incidents to the Conservation Officer Service.

For more information and safety tips for all species of wildlife in BC visit: