Help educate new mountain bikersApril 29, 2021
BC Trails Day 2021May 21, 2021
A reminder that we share our incredible trail networks with many species of wildlife, including black bears and cougars. The mountains and forests are their home. Whether you’re riding, hiking, or running where bears and cougars live, here are some general best practices from WildsafeBC.
Be Wildlife Aware
- Ride, hike, or run in a group (COVID safe of course!)
- Make noise, especially on trails where it’s harder to see a longer distance
- Keep alert, stay aware of your surroundings
- No headphones
- Never approach wildlife intentionally
- Keep children close & within sight
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it
- Keep dogs on-leash and close
- Pack out everything that you pack in, leave no trace
- Never feed wildlife. Feeding small animals can attract bigger animals into the area
- Never leave a picnic or backpack unattended or out of reach
Always report aggressive or unusual cougar behaviour, kill sites, or cougar sightings in urban areas to the BC Conservation Officer Service 1-877-952-7277.
Photo by Tony Joyce, via the North Shore Black Bear Society.