Nelson’s Rail Trail has been reopened to the public after a trio of grizzlies left the area.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay announced Nov. 22 that the Nelson to Salmo Great Northern Trail was bear-free following co-ordination with a local conservation officer.
The grizzly family were previously relocated out of Nelson in October only to return days later. Meanwhile a mother black bear and three cubs also became regulars in Nelson and took up residence at Gyro Park.
But the City of Nelson announced Nov. 17 that the black bears had left the city and the park was open again to visitors. The grizzlies appear to have followed suit.
Allowing the bears to remain in the city is a sharp contrast to 2022 when 17 bears were euthanized within city limits.