FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is cautioning residents and providing tactics after a cougar sighting in the Fish Creek Community Forest area.

The city says to avoid surprising wildlife, residents should make a lot of noise and travel in a group.

The public is also asked to stay away from animal feeding sites, and the city also says that if the wild animal changes its behaviour, it may mean that you are too close.

In a post on Facebook, the city also mentions what to do during a bear encounter, including appearing large and backing away slowly but keeping voices calm. They also encourage residents to fight back if attacked.

In the case of a cougar, the BC SPCA recommends similar tactics. Make yourself look tall and big, maintain eye contact and do not look away from the cougar. They say to make loud noises and not leave until the cougar is gone.

The last thing the SPCA recommends is to keep small children and pets in front of you, so you can keep an eye on them, making sure they don’t run away.

Shailynn Foster

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