Wildlife Safety Tips
General Safety Around Wildlife
You need to be aware of a possible wildlife encounter
when you visit any natural area. Follow
these tips to protect both yourself and the wildlife.
- Keep pets on a short leash, walking beside you.
- Dogs off-leash may crush the eggs or young of ground-nesting
birds. They may chase wildlife causing them to expend
valuable energy needed to survive. Dogs off-leash also
sometimes catch and injure animals.
- On a leash, pets are better protected from park wildlife
including porcupines, beaver, skunks and coyotes.
- Keep food and garbage away from wildlife.
- Do not feed wildlife. The park's ecosystem provides all
the food wildlife requires for their basic needs. Human food
can harm or kill animals.
- Glass, metal and plastic litter left on the ground
can injure or kill wildlife if eaten.
- Stay on marked designated
- Keep children in view at all times.
- Quietly observe wildlife. Do not chase or harass
wildlife. It is extremely stressful to the
- Leave the area immediately if you come across any type of
- Be aware of your surroundings. Ensure that natural sounds,
like flowing water, do not mask the sound of your approach.
More Wildlife Safety Info
Reporting A Sighting or Signs
Please report sightings of bears or cougars or signs of
their presence. Phone the park office at 403-297-5293 or stop
by the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor
This enables Conservation Officers to monitor an animal's
movements and behaviours. It does NOT necessarily mean the animal
will be removed from the area.