EWC October 23' Update

The Exposed Wildlife Conservancy
October 31, 2023

Cougar Series

Now Available!

Introducing the Cougar Series, our latest effort in making wildlife conservation accessible and easy to understand for everyone! Over the next few months we will be sharing all kinds of interesting info about the elusive and solitary cougar. We hope this Series helps you make more informed decisions and learn how wildlife is managed in Canada and beyond.

A few fun facts to get us started…

  • Did you know cougars are also known as mountain lions, pumas, panthers, or catamounts in various parts of the world?
  • Did you know cougars are solitary animals and are one of the least aggressive of all of the world’s large cats?
  • Did you know the cougar is found all the way from the Canadian Yukon to Chilean Patagonia and can live in deserts and tropical rainforests, and from sea level to 4,500 metres in elevation?

The Cougar Series is a great space where you can learn about cougar ecology, biology and behaviours, how to coexist with them on trails or at home, debunk common cougar myths, and much more. Information from the way cougars look, to their hunting behaviours, to their history, and how to coexist with them is available here. Want to learn more about cougars and find out how you can help these wonderful animals? Check out the Cougar Series today! 

Discover the Cougar Series

Track Wolves With us!

Wolf Scouting Experience

For the first time, we are offering an opportunity for you to go into the field with seasoned photographer and expert tracker John E. Marriott and our resident wolf expert Angie Birch in Canmore, Banff, and surrounding areas to track the famous wolves that call this area home. The goal is to get up-to-date information on Alberta and British Columbia’s resident wolf packs so that we can share their stories, give wildlife a voice, and celebrate Canada’s wolves, while promoting safe and proactive wolf-coexistence measures and raising awareness of archaic and inhumane trapping practices across the country. 

This unique and inaugural experience will take place during November 13th to 16th, 2023 in the Canmore and Banff areas. Your day would start at 7:30 am and end at 5:30pm. Participation in this opportunity is available to you with a one-time donation of $1,000 per participant per day. Funds raised will be directed to our education and conservation program efforts. 

With a maximum of 2 participants each day, you can expect to:

  • be introduced to the art of animal tracking
  • receive tons of valuable and credible wolf facts and information
  • participate in once-in-a-lifetime wildlife photo and video opportunities
  • have direct access to wolf and photography experts, and 
  • Experience a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes with our conservation team 

Although we cannot guarantee that you will see a wild wolf, you will see incredible wildlife and beautiful landscapes. We can also guarantee that you will learn more a ton about animal tracking, wildlife, photography, and conservation in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

If you are interested in being a part of the solution to wolf coexistence and conservation in Western Canada, want to potentially see a wild wolf, or want to experience a unique way to give back while learning about photography and animal tracking, this opportunity is for you! 

As a newsletter subscriber, you gain access to this event before we open spots for the general public. As space is limited, we highly recommend that you save your spot today for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

This opportunity is available to those 18 years or older only. Donations are not eligible for charitable tax receipts. All costs incurred are at the expense of the program participants.  Signed waivers are required for program participants. 

If you want first access to opportunities such as our inaugural wolf tracking trip, be sure to become an Exposed Insider (monthly donor) with us.  Exposed Insiders are the foundation of the work we do for wildlife and they receive a few perks for being so. One such perk is receiving first access to special events and behind the scenes opportunities with the team. Head on over to our website today for more information on the Insider Program and how to sign up. 

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BC Grizzly Bear Hunt


The Government of British Columbia has listened to your feedback and has extended the deadline for the public engagement process for their proposed Grizzly Bear Stewardship Framework to the end of October. The  Grizzly Bear Stewardship Framework appears to open the door to revisiting a licensed hunt throughout the province. 

The combined impacts of habitat loss, food security issues, coexistence challenges, and the climate crisis continue to put enormous pressure on recovering grizzly bear populations in Western Canada. It is essential that we are providing grizzly bears with a voice and the support they need. We encourage you to take action in support of grizzly bears through the Grizzly Bear Foundation by clicking the button below.

Learn More & Take Action

Trapped In the Past

Campaign Update

Trapping season is well underway. This means that thousands of animals will be killed in traps or a result of traps across Canada in the coming months. With a declining fur fashion industry and changing attitudes towards animal welfare, we can’t help but wonder why trapping practices and standards have not changed to reflect this. 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we take a closer look at the trapping industry, including the official release of the Trapped In the Past documentary and the launch of our newest Knowledge Base effort - the Trapping Series!  The reality of the trapping industry is truly shocking to say the least, this is not one you will want to miss. 

Can’t wait? Become a monthly donor today to get early access to both the Trapped In the Past documentary and Trapping Series!

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Coexistence Corner

What to do in a Cougar Encounter

Enjoying nature is always fun but do you know what to do if you encounter a cougar in the wild? Below are a few helpful tips to help you enjoy yourself, stay safe and limit cougar-human conflicts while recreating in cougar territory.

  • Always be prepared for an encounter.
  • Always travel with others, do not wear headphones, and stay alert of your surroundings.
  • Make a call to Fish and Wildlife before entering an area to determine if cougars have been seen.
  • Pack bear spray and a noise deterrent such as an air horn and carry a walking stick or umbrella as a possible defensive tactic.
  • Keep children close or in the middle of the group at all times. Do not let them run ahead or lag behind.
  • If possible, leave your pet at home or keep them on a leash and close to you.
  • Stay on marked trails and make noise. 
  • If you encounter a cougar Do Not Run or turn your back on a cougar. Make yourself look as big as possible and use your deterrents.
  • Give the cougar an escape route, and do not get between moms and kittens.
  • In the extreme and rare chance that a cougar attacks, do not play dead. Instead,  fight back with everything and anything you can. 

Knowing what to do when encountering a cougar on a trail  may save your life and a cougar’s life. Learn more about how to coexist with cougars by following the button below.

Learn How to Stay Safe

Animal Encounter Feature

A Mother's Love 🐻❤

An encounter and photo from John E. Marriott’s recent trip up north, showcasing the deep bond between this beautiful sow grizzly bear and her little one. Shortly after I took this photo, the mother lay down on her back and looked at me and began to nurse her cub. It was a beautiful moment and that's how I left them, in a nursing cuddle puddle on the top of this little hill….

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