Cougar encounter (near Lumby, BC)

Safety Alert Type: 
Wildlife encounter
Camel’s Hump, Clier Lake Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Cabin Forestry Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While a worker was engineering a road location, a small cougar appeared 6 metres above on top of a rocky slope.

Worker shouted at cougar and pulled bear spray out, but the cougar held its position. Worker shouted and chased after it until cougar retreated 15 metres without taking his eyes off of worker.

Coworker was then notified of incident as worker began walking back to the truck less than a kilometre away. When worker safely got back to the truck, the cougar appeared on the road in front of the truck.

The cougar had circled around to appear where the worker may have been had he continued to walk down the road.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always carry bear spray
  • Watch for tracks in the snow
  • Do not run. Flight might trigger pursuit
  • Face the cougar - don’t turn your back. Stand up
  • Maintain eye contact with the cougar
  • If you are working with a partner or crew use your radio to notify them that you have encountered a cougar. Let others within radio contact know your situation and location
  • Be aware of surroundings, especially what is up slope of your position.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Chau – Cabin Forestry Services, Vernon, B.C. Phone: (778) 475-3655 Email: kchau@cabinforestry.com


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