It is wise to keep deer from becoming comfortable near your home as cougars may stalk them.

Avoiding wildlife contact as deer, bears and coyotes return

WildSafeBC strives to reduce human-wildlife contacts by “keeping wildlife wild – and communities safe”.

Spring is back and so is the Nelson and Area WildSafeBC.  WildSafeBC strives to reduce human-wildlife contacts by “keeping wildlife wild – and communities safe”.

The group will be going door to door, tagging garbage in areas experiencing conflict with wildlife, delivering school programs, and setting up displays at local events.

It may be early in the season, but there have already been many wildlife concerns reported:

• Black bears have been causing property damage and finding garbage both in the City of Nelson and in RDCK Areas E and F.

• There are grizzly bears feeding on the vegetation and on ground squirrels at Apex and at the Cottonwood Park area. The trails in the area are closed due to bear activity. Please respect the trail closure.

• Coyotes are now raising young and have been reported stalking pets. Keep an eye on your pets so that they do not become a coyote meal.

• No cougars have been reported near homes since winter, but it is wise to keep deer from becoming comfortable near your home.  Cougars may stalk the deer living in your yard.

You can report  any safety or property conflicts with wildlife to the Conservation Officer Service on the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line at: 1-877-952-7277.

Some tips to remember:

• Please keep your garbage in a location inaccessible to bears. If you do not have secure garbage storage, you can freeze the smelly food items until collection or you can take the garbage directly to the landfill.  You can also use a bear-resistant garbage can.

• Bird seed is attractive not only to bears but to deer, coyotes, and raccoons as well. Birds do not need additional feed in the summer.  Bring bird feeders in until November, or they may become “bear feeders”.

• Compost, chickens, and pet food are also items that when managed improperly, can become wildlife attractants.

• Keep pets in at night and watch them closely when outdoors to prevent coyotes and cougars from making a meal of them.

• Do not let deer feel comfortable near your home.

Just Posted

Talking transgender issues with Nelson advocate

Nov. 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Over 120 people to lend a hand at Community Connect

The annual event offers free services at Central School

Nelson honours veterans 100 years after end of WWI

Several hundred people gathered at the cenotaph on Sunday

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Nine-vehicle pileup closes Highway 3 near Castlegar

Two separate incidents on slushy highway; reports of injuries

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Around the BCHL: Surrey Eagles sliding and Cassidy Bowes flows

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

Pit bull cross, chihuahua owners must split costs for dogfight damage, judge rules

Eac side responsible for $577.43 towards injuries in Comox Valley incident

3 random words mark every spot on earth

Innovative mapping system assigns three word combinations to 57 trillion 3 metre squares

Most fatal overdose victims did not have recent police contact: Stats Canada

11 per cent of those who fatally overdosed in B.C. had four or more contacts with the police

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Heir’s big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles turns 70 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, still serving in the heir to the throne role he has filled since he was a young child.

Trudeau lays down challenge to companies in bid to boost trade with Asia

“Building the relationships, building the connections, building the facility and also changing mindsets — getting Canadian companies to see the opportunities we have around the world to partner and invest.”

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.

Most Read