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