Bear killed in Nelson near Central School

Police have been receiving one to two bear calls per day in Nelson.

The black bear killed in Nelson this week (not the one pictured above) is one of many attracted into town by ripe fruit

The black bear killed in Nelson this week (not the one pictured above) is one of many attracted into town by ripe fruit

Conservation officers killed a black bear on Monday morning on Stanley Street near Central School.

“It was working its way through town and it was looking too comfortable,” Sgt. Paul Bayes of the Nelson Police Department told the Star yesterday.

“It did not respond to bear bangers, and that makes them unsafe at that point,” he said.

“They don’t care if people are around them and they ignore all the ‘get away’ warnings.”

Bayes said the police received several calls about the young adult bear, which crossed Cottonwood Creek before coming into town. The police called the conservation officer who was already in the area.

He said police have been receiving one to two bear calls per day in Nelson.

“A lot of them skirt the edge of town then work their way down looking for food.”

On first hearing about a bear, Bayes said, police at first keep an eye on it, hoping it will decide to leave town.

He said bears have been sighted recently in many areas of town including Lakeside Drive, Crease St., Carbonate St., and Gore St.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Environment told the Star that there have been six bears killed in Nelson since April 1, five of those by conservation officers.

Bayes said if residents wish to report a bear that is worrying them, they should call the BC conservation office at 1-877-952-7277.