Bear Aware

At approximately 1315 hours on July 21, 2014, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of a bear swimming across the lake towards the Prestige Lakeside Resort. The bear climbed onto the dock and startled boaters and patrons in the restaurant patio area.

According to Conservation, this particular juvenile bear had been causing extensive damage on the North Shore and was highly habituated to the area’s human food sources. Conservation staff received several calls over the last two weeks regarding this bear. A conservation officer was called to the scene and unfortunately the bear was killed as a result of the aforementioned reasons.

The Public is reminded to clean up all attractants, pick their fruit, cover their barbeques, and ensure that their garbage is secure until pick-up day.

As a reminder for the City of Nelson residents, if any garbage is stored, placed or discarded in a manner that may be accessible to wildlife, the resident may be subject to fines not exceeding Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars under the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 3198, 2011.

Bear sightings should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service at 1 877 952-7277.
Bear Aware is an excellent resource for information on bears in the urban interface. Information can be located at www.bearaware.bc.ca or from printed pamphlets available at the Nelson Police Department.

Media Release June 9, 2014

On Sunday Jun 8 a homeowner in the uphill area was surprised to find a black bear in her kitchen stealing cookies. The bear left when finished and was seen walking through yards checking doors. The Nelson Police and Conservation were called and tracked the bear throughout the neighborhood. He was found tearing though garbage and was safely dispatched by the Conservation Officer.

Later the same day the Nelson Police Department was told that a cougar was also seen in the same area.

If you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and don’t back down. Back away slowly if possible and safe to do so. Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK, OR RUN. Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.

Raise your voice and speak firmly. Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands, like a water bottle. Again, do not bend over to pick up a stone off the ground. This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

Please ensure you report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 354-3919.

Links:

Bear Aware: http://www.bearaware.bc.ca/
Ministry of the Environment (Cougar Safety): http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/info/wildlife_human_interaction/docs/cougars.html

Press Release: May 9th to 12th, 2014

Incident 2014-1922, 1923, 1964,1965

Over the weekend the Nelson Police Department received several reports of bears in both the Hospital and Fairview areas of the City. Members were able to locate a black bear in the Seventh and Gordon Street area and used non-lethal flash bangs to scare the bear which is the preferred method if the bear is not aggressive. In this event, the bear had several bags of garbage strewn around the area. The public is reminded to keep their garbage secure as easy access to garbage will cause more bear encounters and the bears will not leave if they can continue to access food sources (garbage) in the City.

Incident 2014-1938

On May 10th, 2014 at 5h10 PM the Nelson Police Department received multiple 911 calls for a fight in the area of Ward and Baker Streets. The fight was between two intoxicated males and resulted in an arrest. One of the combatants was held due to his being intoxicated and was released when he was sober. The fight was consensual and no charges are pending.

Incident 2014-1951

On May 11th, 2014 at 6h30 AM, the Nelson Police Department received several calls regarding a male who was passed out on the shoulder of Hwy 3A just before the Lakeview Crescent exit. Initial reports were that the male had fallen from a 5 metre wall adjacent to the highway however upon assessment by paramedics it appears as if the male was intoxicated and had passed out and not fallen as was initially reported.

Incident 2014-1978

On May 12th, 2014 at 7h30 PM, the Nelson Police Department received a report of a female passed out in the park in the 500 block of Hendryx. A 50 year old female was the subject of the complaint, was intoxicated and had court imposed conditions not to consume alcohol. Charges for breach of probation are pending.