Released on May 10, 2018
Whether it’s deer grazing near the highway or a moose wandering through a field, wildlife sightings can be exciting. However, there are some animals you should definitely avoid.
Every spring, black bears and other predators – especially young ones – frequently move around to establish new territory and look for food. This is normal behaviour for wildlife, but it can cause challenges for humans. Residents are reminded to take the necessary safety precautions when outdoors including while spending time in parks or campgrounds where there may be a higher risk of encountering a predator.
In some cases, urban areas have been built along natural wildlife corridors such as rivers, forests and valleys. Wildlife travelling these corridors can sometimes come into conflict with people and property in those areas. Leaving garbage and pet food outdoors may attract bears or other predators and animals, such as skunks. To reduce the risk of conflict, don’t leave garbage and pet food out.
If you encounter a bear, cougar or some other predator, keep your distance and do not try to scare the animal away or handle the situation yourself. Most often, the animals will move on without any intervention.
Anyone who finds themselves in a potentially dangerous situation with a larger predator should contact their local Ministry of Environment office or call Saskatchewan’s 24-hour TIP line at-1-800-667-7561. SaskTel subscribers can also reach the TIP line by dialing #5555 on their cell phone.
Additional information about predator safety is available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/wildlife-issues/protect-yourself-and-your-property.
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