bear_nelson_bc

Nelson Police have had several calls for bears in the City over the past weekend. Areas include the Uphill area, Rosemont and Fairview.

We are asking residents to be aware that this is the time of year for bears to be looking for food and to be diligent in keeping garbage and compost clear.

If you see a bear in your area you can call NPD and also call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or online at www.rapp.bc.ca. They will prioritize aggressive or persistent bears.

J. Scott-Pryke
Sergeant
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