Although cougars are a rare species in the Yukon, conservation officers get reports of sightings every year. While there have never been any confirmed reports of cougars stalking or attacking humans in the Yukon, you should know what to do if you encounter a cougar, just as you would with other wildlife.
What to do if you encounter a cougar
- Stay calm. Don’t approach the cougar and avoid sudden movement because it might provoke an attack.
- Back away slowly, keeping watch on the cougar at all times.
- If a cougar attacks:
- Fight back with a weapon, such as pepper spray, rocks or sticks.
- Focus on attacking the cougar's face and eyes.
- Do what you can to let the cougar know you are a threat and not prey.
Children and cougars
Cougars seldom stalk children. However, children can be at risk due to their small size and the noise they make. If there is a cougar in the immediate area, keep your children close.
Pets and cougars
Household pets are easy prey for cougars. Keep pets in a fenced area and bring them in at night if there is a cougar in the area. If pets must be kept outside, put them in a secure kennel. Keep dogs on a leash when walking trails or left at home.
Report all incidents and sightings
If you see a cougar or have an encounter with one, report the incident to the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525 or report online.