Forest technician encounters a cougar

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Canyon Creek, near Crawford Bay, BC (NE of Nelson)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-10-06
Company Name: 
Atlas Information Management
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forest technician was hanging block boundary below a scree slope that was littered with large boulders. Cracks and crevices were abundant throughout the boulder field, creating good den habitat for cougars. The worker heard growling above him approximately 50 metres upslope of his location. When the forest technician looked up he saw a cougar chasing his dog. He began to yell and the cougar immediately broke off the chase and walked away.

The animal was not much larger than the medium sized dog and showed no aggressive behavior towards the worker.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Make noise while in the area
  • Keep bear spray and noise makers available

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Pat Kofoed, Atlas Information Management 250-229-4560

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