As spring approaches it is common to see wildlife in the Salmon Arm area. Over the past week or so there have been reports of a cougar in the Little Mountain area. Bear and Cougar attacks are uncommon, however, it is important that we take precautions and be prepared if we come across a wild animal.
Please take some time to talk to your children about precautions to take when playing in your neighborhood and walking back and forth to school. Below are some basic safety guidlines. For more information please visit the following the Wildsafe BC website at https://wildsafebc.com/.
Walk in groups of 3 or more and make lots of noise.
If you carry food, it should be sealed up in your lunch kit and backpack.
Be alert, look around.
Use sidewalks along the road instead of shortcuts through forest or shrubby areas.
If you do see a bear/cougar, keep calm, make yourself looks as large as possible, back away slowly, speak in a loud low voice if the animal continues to approach.
If it is a bear you should avoid eye contact. If it is a cougar you should maintain eye contact.
Please report any wild animal sightings to the school.
Do not walk alone.
Do not run away. Sudden movements may provoke an attack.
Do not carry or eat food on the way home.
Do not approach a bear, cougar or other wild animal, and do not leave out food for it.
SD83 is inviting all students and families to participate in P.L.A.Y Shuswap’s Family Day PLAY Challenge February 12-15th, 2021.
SD83 Healthy Schools Co-ordinator Laura Paiement encourages all SD83 families to join in the multi-community activity challenge that promotes, physical literacy, family fun, and being outdoors. This challenge is being sponsored by SD83, Salmon Arm Recreation, Enderby Recreation Services, Sicamous Recreation and P.L.A.Y Shuswap.
“We are encouraging each family/household group to complete as many challenges as they can. After completing each challenge, they are to send in a photo to email@example.com or to the P.L.A.Y Shuswap Facebook page. Each submission earns them an entry into great local/community prizes. Along with the participation prizes, each community will have a grand prize draw for families/households that complete all 10 activities,” explains Paiement.
P.L.A.Y Shuswap is a group of stakeholders from SD83, Sicamous, Salmon Arm and Enderby Recreation Departments, local sport organizations and Interior Health. We have come together to promote Physical Literacy in the Shuswap.
“Physical Literacy is the gateway to both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. When you have the foundation of skills, motivation, and confidence you will be more likely to be active for life,“ she adds.
This event is made possible thanks to the support of the BC Government BC Family Day grants.