As spring approaches it is common to see wildlife in the Hillcrest area. Over the weekend there were even reports of a cougar near Crystal Springs subdivision! Bear and Cougar attacks are uncommon, however, it is important that we take precautions and be prepared if we come across a wild animal.
Please take some time to talk to your children about precautions to take when playing in your neighborhood and walking back and forth to school. Below are some basic safety guidlines. For more information please visit the following the Wildsafe BC website at https://wildsafebc.com/.
- Walk in groups of 3 or more and make lots of noise.
- If you carry food, it should be sealed up in your lunch kit and backpack.
- Be alert, look around.
- Use sidewalks along the road instead of shortcuts through forest or shrubby areas.
- If you do see a bear/cougar, keep calm, make yourself looks as large as possible, back away slowly, speak in a loud low voice if the animal continues to approach.
- If it is a bear you should avoid eye contact. If it is a cougar you should maintain eye contact.
- Please report any wild animal sightings to the school.
- Do not walk alone.
- Do not run away. Sudden movements may provoke an attack.
- Do not carry or eat food on the way home.
- Do not approach a bear, cougar or other wild animal, and do not leave out food for it.
Thanks for your help and support.