Bobcats are extremely shy and solitary, and attacks on humans are rare. Bobcats can be mistaken for domestic cats, but they are two to three times larger with a bobbed tail and tufted ears. Their coats tend to be light brownish-blonde with dark spots on the flanks, legs and sides.
If You Encounter a Bobcat
- Keep as much distance between you and the animal as possible.
- Immediately protect children and keep pets on leashes.
- Try to appear larger, and if you’re with others, stay together and act as a group.
- Back away from the bobcat slowly and deliberately.
- Avoid running away, because that could trigger a pursuit response.
- If the animal doesn’t flee, be more assertive by shouting, waving your arms and throwing anything available.
Report bobcat sightings in urban areas to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.
The Wildsafe BC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program map provides updates on wildlife sightings and the response of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) and other agencies.
- Check the map for wildlife activity, encounters and responses by the Conservation Officer Service in Whistler or other parts of B.C. Species that are included are black bears, grizzlies, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and more.
- You can also sign up for email or Facebook alerts for specific alert locations (e.g. Whistler or your neighbourhood in Whistler).
Note: Wildlife incidents that are reported to the COS without a specific address are entered on the map with a generic “Whistler Village” location.