While it's highly unlikely that it will ever happen, do you know what to do if you are faced with an angry animal? Especially one that is armed with sharp teeth and claws.

"Be aware of your surroundings," advises Game Warden Lindsey Leko. "Bears might not be as big of an issue down here, even wolves aren't much of an issue here but cats are. There's starting to be a lot more of them on our landscape now and we're having to deal with a few. Although many, many sightings that we investigate or attacks that we investigate we determine are not cougar kills."

"We go fishing or camping up north in Greenwater and we don't bat an eye when we think about bears because we're used to them but the cats, on the other hand, are a little bit different. We know what to do around bears, we know not to feed them, we know not to leave food out, we know not to leave any attractants out and we've got to be the same way about cats. We know they're there."

"I'm not trying to scare people, the chances of an attack by a cougar are very, very slim. Just be aware of your surroundings. If you leave them alone, they're going to leave you alone. They don't like being around humans."

"But if you find yourself in a situation where you are being stalked or attacked, with a cat, you're going to have to fight. Use whatever weapon you have with you to fend them off and protect your kids."

Leko adds that the chances are extremely slim in fact, there has never been an attack by a cougar in Saskatchewan. He did add that coyotes are shy but curious. 

"They're curious to see what you are. It could be a juvenile that is not really sure what a human is."

"Or the other issue is that sometimes they've been fed. A lot of the times with feeding wildlife is that people have fed bears, and wolves and people have fed coyotes and they become conditioned to that and they expect it every time they see a human."

"They are wild animals, treat them that way."

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