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Posted: July 19, 2018

Cougar and bear warnings in Radium

WildSafeBC Columbia Valley this morning reported that a cougar was hunting for bighorn sheep near the entryway to Kootenay National Park yesterday evening.

“A sheep carcass was left near the highway last night; the sheep has since been removed. Please be advised that the cougar may return this evening to search for its food cache. Residents and visitors who may be out walking near dark in this area are advised to walk in groups of two (or more if possible) and keep small children or pets close by if,” WildSafeBC warned.

“Cougar attacks on humans are very rare and there is no reason to believe this cougar would view humans as prey, but please be aware of your surroundings and report any cougar or dead sheep sightings to the RAPP line: 1-877-952-7277.”

WildSafeBC also reported that a black bear alert has been issued for the Redstreak Campground area in Kootenay National Park.

“Local businesses in Radium are requested to be extra diligent with locking dumpsters overnight and securing grease traps, recycling, and other bear attractants. Residents are requested to keep all garbage and recycling indoors. If this bear wanders down into town, let’s not invite it to stay for an unhealthy garbage snack. If you see a black bear or grizzly bear in town, please report the sighting to the RAPP line: 1-877-952-7277,” WildSafeBC said.


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