November 07, 2013 - 4:20 PM
KELOWNA - Portions of Scenic Canyon Regional Park that have been closed since late September because of repeated cougar sightings have reopened to the public, according to Regional District Communications Officer Bruce Smith.
The area of the park between KLO Creek and Mission Creek, the Field Road and McCulloch Road parking areas as well as the Layer Cake Mountain Lookout were closed after ongoing reports of cougar activity.
“Our Parks Services staff has consulted with B.C. Conservation Officers and hasn’t had any recent reports of cougar activity,” Smith says.
While this section of the park and its trails are open again, visitors are reminded that the two parking areas and other park amenities are now closed for the winter season and regular maintenance is not taking place.
The Ministry of Environment’s Safety Guide to Cougars advises that while human conflicts with these large cats are extremely rare and an attack is highly unlikely.
Anyone who sees a cougar or bear within Scenic Canyon Regional Park or other Regional Park is asked to contact the Parks Services office at 250-469-6232 or the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.
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