Tourism Squamish

KEEP WILDLIFE WILD

Into The Wild

Wildlife needs to be kept wild. When we are adventuring deep into the woods and mountains around Squamish, we are encroaching on their natural habitats as we leave ours behind.

Learn more about wildlife safety:

  •  Make some noise- talk, sing, or give a shout out when approaching a blind corner, near rivers, or near natural bear food. You never want to startle a large animal
  • It’s wise to travel in numbers! Try to hike in groups
  • Be extra aware during the early morning and early evening hours
  • Leash dogs and keep them on the trails
  • When you see an animal, never approach them or try to interact with them. Give them their space
  • Keep your eyes open to signs of recent activity (such as pawprints or scat, claw marks on trees)
  • Obey signage about wildlife closures and know what to do in case you encounter wildlife.
  • Never feed animals. Fed animals lose their natural fear and can become aggressive. Always pack out what you pack in
  • Remember – you don’t want to mess with nature. Let animals do their thing and let them be.
  • For wildlife sightings please cal the Conservation Officer Service 24 hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277

If you encounter a bear:

  • Stop, stay calm and assess the situation
  • Do not run
  • Never turn your back on wildlife
  • Back away slowly and give the bear space
  • Talk calmly
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Ready your deterrent

Learn more about important wildlife safety, including detailed guidelines for various species through BC Parks. You can learn more about our local wildlife and best practices at Bearsmart.ca and WildSafe BC.