You can learn more about cougars by at­tend­ing the Tyrrell Speaker Se­ries

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The fi­nal ses­sion of the 2016 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Jeff Zim­mer, Fish and Wildlife Of­fi­cer for the Drumheller district with Al­berta Jus­tice and So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral on Thurs­day, April 28.

The re­cent sight­ing of a cougar near the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy this spring re­sulted in a lot of con­ver­sa­tion in Drumheller about th­ese mis­un­der­stood crea­tures.

Of­ten lumped in with their mis­be­hav­ing cousins, bears, cougars have a bad rep­u­ta­tion. In this pre­sen­ta­tion, Zim­mer hopes to give peo­ple a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of cougar be­hav­iour and hope­fully be less fear­ful of them. The cougar is Canada’s largest cat species.

Merely see­ing a cougar does not mean you are in im­mi­nent dan­ger. Cougars are gen­er­ally shy and wary of hu­mans, but are ef­fi­cient hunters. They most of­ten hunt at dusk, night, and dawn.

Zim­mer will present in­for­ma­tion on ba­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a cougar’s habits and habi­tats, and will then dis­cuss how to pre­vent con­flict and re­spond to an en­counter.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the public. The se­ries will con­clude with this pre­sen­ta­tion on Thurs­day, April 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the mu­seum au­di­to­rium.

Past pre­sen­ta­tions are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube. com/ user/ Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tyrrell­mu­seum.com.

Jeff Zim­mer... Fish and Wildlife Of­fi­cer

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