Close Call / Serious Incident: Cougar encounter

Safety Alert Type: 
Kootenay Region (near Hwy 31, Lardeau River)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Atlas Information Management
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry layout crew was working on a new cutblock development in the Hope Creek area approximately 8 km’s from Highway 31 (along the Hope Creek North Forest Service Road).

While traversing a boundary, one of the workers encountered a cougar on a rock bluff. The cougar initially retreated but then turned around and stood its ground. The worker tried yelling and acting aggressively toward the cougar, but this did not deter the animal. It came towards the worker in a predatory manner.

The worker began throwing large rocks at the cougar which initially caused it to retreat. The worker then walked toward another area of the block where a co-worker was working. The cougar followed the worker until he met up with his co-worker. Their combined yelling and subsequently being chased by the second workers’ dog finally persuaded the cougar to move off.

Other than being very shaken by the encounter, the workers were not injured.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Forestry workers are reminded to make noise while working in the bush to prevent surprising an animal

• Carry bear spray and work in pairs in areas where wildlife has been sighted or is likely present


For more information on this submitted alert: 

 For more information: Beau Annunziello or Pat Kofoed at Atlas Information Management, Balfour, BC. ( 250) 229-4560 trail123@telus.net

File attachments
Cougar Encounter-Lardeau River-Nov-2012.pdf
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