Information about living and recreating in areas where cougars live
More information: Tips for staying safe in cougar country
Cougars are exciting animals to see in the wild and rarely cause problems for humans. Although unlikely to happen, you should know how to react if you encounter an aggressive cougar:
Video by Lynn Chamberlain, DWR
If you live in cougar country, here are a few guidelines to make your property safer:
If you recreate in cougar country, here are a few guidelines to make your experience safer:
If you encounter a cougar in a residential area, or if you have an aggressive encounter with a cougar, please alert the Division of Wildlife Resources.
During regular office hours, please call the DWR office closest to you. A Division employee will notify a conservation officer of your encounter or transfer you directly to law enforcement personnel. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call the police, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation.
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