Banff National Park

WARNING: Cougar frequenting Tunnel Mountain Campground area

Issued: May 15, 2024

Ends: May 14, 2024

WHAT: Special caution recommended in this area.

WHERE: All trails, facilities and campgrounds within the Tunnel Mountain area and along the Tunnel Mountain bench. See accompanying map.

WHY: Cougar frequenting the area.

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: 15-May-24
End date: Until Further Notice

For more information, call Banff Park Emergency Dispatch at 403.762.1470.

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