A black bear was killed in Nelson today (July 21) after it climbed onto the dock by the Prestige Lakeside Resort.

Black bear killed after climbing onto Nelson dock

Conservation officers had no choice but to destroy the bear, which has been reported in the area for several weeks.

Conservation officers were forced to destroy another bear in Nelson.

At about 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, 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 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 barbecues, 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 $2,000 under the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw.

Bear sightings should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Bear Aware is a 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.

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