The beautiful reddish-brown to grey-brown cougar is generally found in southwest Alberta and the lower third of British Columbia. Although there have been a few sightings in other provinces, the cougar is endangered in eastern Canada. Cougar sightings are rare and direct attacks on humans are even rarer; however, when humans venture into the backcountry, we bring ourselves into the heart of cougar territory.
Though you may consider yourself fortunate to sight a cougar in the wild, these beautiful predatory creatures are unpredictable. If you do experience a confrontation with a cougar or feel threatened by one, immediately inform the nearest office of the Conservation Officer Service. Learn as much as you can about cougar behavior before you head out, and act responsibly while sharing their natural habitat.
Many of the safety precautions suggested for bears apply to cougars as well.
Enjoy Canada’s vast wilderness and make those rare cougar sightings positive ones.
Photo: Tourism BC/Toshi Kawano (banner);
National Wildlife Research Center Media Archives - United States Department of Agriculture