The cougar, also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther are native to North and South America and is one of the most mysterious and elusive of all creatures. This large, solitary cat, although rarely seen, is also a resident of the Bow Valley.
They are a stalk and ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey but prefers deer. The cougar’s secretive habits and predatory abilities make them very capable of killing a 600 lb Moose, prey up to 6 times their own weight. Consider these facts to why cougar’s are one of Canada’s most dangerous predators. Their hind legs can propel it forward = 30 feet and the height at which its hind legs can propel it straight up from a standing position = 18 feet, oh I should mention its average sprinting speed = 35 mph! So hike with a metal baseball BAT and jet propelled running shoes!
To see how often and how many cougars patrol the north side of Canmore – Check out this Cougar snow-tracking Map
Recently, a cougar perpetrated an attack on someone’s small dog and there has been subsequent sightings of a cougar in Canmore. Fish and Wildlife officers are advising residents to be aware that there is “a cat that is willing to frequent town” — and to take precautions. Full article March 8, 2012
Although a cougar attack is highly unlikely, it always pays to be prepared. Your best defence is information and awareness. Cougar attacks