North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains a wide variety of wildlife species, as well as the opportunity to view animals in their natural setting. Always enjoy wildlife from the safety of your car or from a safe distance. Do not approach wildlife.
Mountain lions (also known as cougars) usually do not like confrontation. If you see one, give it plenty of space so it can get away. Never approach cougar kittens. Leave the area immediately.
Report all mountain lion sightings to a park ranger.
Ticks are most active in spring and early summer. Several serious diseases, like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, can be transmitted through ticks. Completely remove attached ticks and disinfect the site. If rashes or lesions form around the bite, or if unexplained symptoms occur, consult a physician.
Rodents and Hantavirus
Deer mice are possible carriers of Hantavirus, which is spread from the feces and urine of infected rodents. Initial symptoms are almost identical to the onset of flu. If you have potentially been exposed and exhibit flu-like symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately. Avoid rodent infested areas. Camp away from possible rodent burrows or shelters (garbage dumps and woodpiles), and keep food in rodentproof containers.
Last updated: April 20, 2020