Be Wild Smart

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Why Be Wild Smart in Mountain View County?

Mountain View County is situated between the wilderness of the national parks and provincial forest reserves to the west and the extensively cultivated agricultural lands to the east. Mountain View County residents share their land with numerous species of wildlife and human-wildlife conflicts will arise, particularly with bears and cougars. The prime focus for wildlife is the search for food: bears, cougars and other wildlife use the valley bottoms and river corridors to move, feed, and sustain their populations. Since the same habitat is also coveted by humans, this creates a potential for conflict. You can do your part to ensure humans and wildlife can coexist - with a few changes around your home, you can minimize the possibility of conflict with wildlife.

Be Wild Smart with Bears

- Remove or secure the attractants in your yard such as garbage, pet food, bird feeders, and compost piles.
- On agricultural lands, be aware that livestock carcasses, green feed crops, and grain storage can attract bears.
- Pick fruit and berries as they ripen so as to not draw the bear into your yard.

Be Wild Smart with Cougars

- Be aware of your surrounding especially at dawn and dusk and near the edges of bushy and forested areas.
- Be aware that feeding or otherwise attracting deer into your yard, could draw in cougars.
- Cougars may perceive small children and pets as prey.

Always be aware of your surroundings, make enough noise that wildlife will hear you coming, and give all wildlife plenty of space to move away from you.

For a report on bear sightings in Mountain View County and for more detailed information on Mountain View BearSmart go to:

Click here for information on the most recent wildlife sightings in Mountain View County.

If you witness bear activity, in Olds, the number is 403-556-4256, or call 310-0000 toll-free for the nearest office. After hours, call the 24-hour toll-free Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. If the situation is a public safety emergency, call 9-1-1.

Then let Mountain View BearSmart know. Send an email to with the subject line "Bear Sighting", including the following information:

  • The observation date, place and time of the sighting.
  • Your name and contact information (all personal information will remain confidential)

And if possible, information on:

  • The species (Grizzly, Black Bear, etc.)
  • Number of animals; Whether male or female / with or without cubs
  • Detailed information about the area: Whether facility, residential, rural, acreage or urban.(GPS coordinates if possible)
  • Animal acitivity at the time (eating, etc.)

Alberta BearSmart Program

The homepage of the Alberta BearSmart program is located here.