Bear and Cougar Caution for Vancouver Island
Bear and Cougar Caution for Vancouver Island:
All wild animals are potentially dangerous and unpredictable and may be encountered at any time. Be careful when near wildlife, bears are particularly unpredictable. They are extremely powerful animals that can cause serious injury or death. While the risk of attack is low, you can heighten your safety by following some simple advice:
Animals that lose their fear of man and become used to eating human food or garbage are potentially dangerous. Female bears with cubs are especially dangerous.
- Never approach or feed bears or other animals.
- Securely store food by hanging it from a tree at least 4 meters above the ground and 2 meters from the trunk. Always use storage facilities where provided.
- Do not cook or store food in your tent and keep your camp-site clean of all garbage.
- Don’t burn or bury non-combustible refuse since this attracts animals. Pack it out where facilities are not available.
- Be alert for bear scat, tracks or trails and do not hike or camp where these are common. Make lots of noise when hiking where bear signs are found.
- Stay calm if approached by a bear and do not provoke an attack by making loud sharp noises, throwing things or running. Move slowly away if possible.
- If attacked by a black bear try to escape to a safe place. If you have no other options try to intimidate the bear with deterrents or weapons such as tree branches or rocks.