Living With Wildlife

Wildlife Sightings & Reports

All wildlife sightings and safety concerns, including bear conflicts can be made to the Cochrane Fish and Wildlife office at 403-932-2388 Ext.2.

When calling the Cochrane Fish and Wildlife office after hours, you will be redirected to call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or make a report online at

Be Bear Aware

While you are in bear country, attacks by bears remain extremely rare. Managing and storing attractants in your area, is the best way to avoid bears from visiting your area. 

 When exploring the area, be sure to:

  • Carry bear spray
  • Keeps pets on leash, 
  • travel in groups

 If you encounter a bear in the wild, follow these steps:

  • Stay calm and do not run. Stay with your group and keep children close. 
  • Back away if you see cubs or an animal carcass. The bear will want to protect them.
  • Prepare to defend yourself with bear spray.
  • Back away, leaving the way you came. Keep your eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively.
  • Look for a place to hide, such as a car or building.
  • Speak to the bear in a soft, low voice. Let the bear know that you are human and not prey

BearSmart guide to recreating safely



WildSmart is a community organization that provides resources and education for local residents. Their goal is to reduce conflict between people and wildlife through education, outreach, attractant and wildlife management.
Visit their website for useful information on how to keep yourself and your community WildSmart.

Local Wildlife

Bears, Cougars and Coyotes are among many of the different types of animals that call the Municipal District home. There are many areas in the Municipal District of Bighorn that function as wildlife corridors allowing wildlife to move between habitats throughout the landscape.