Grizzly bears along the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail just south of the city are common in the spring and will result in the closure of parts of the trail starting on May 1.

Grizzly bears to get run of trail south of Nelson

The RDCK will be closing a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail to guard against human-bear encounters.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will be closing a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail to guard against human-bear encounters.

In consultation with BC Conservation Officer Service, regional bear biologists and the Ministry of Forest Land and Natural Resource Operations, the RDCK is initiating its annual spring trial closure for a portion of the popular recreation trail. The annual closure will include the trail south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Siding.

The closure will begin on May 1 until June 15. Signs will be posted accordingly at the entrance to trail closures.

Collared bear data has shown the area from Cottonwood Lake to Hall Siding — particularly the areas of Apex and Camp Busk — are heavily used by grizzly bears in the spring. The bears use this area because of its high valued forage habitat.

In most cases the bears move on to higher elevations by the middle of June. It is felt that an annual closure will help ensure public safety and benefit the local bear population from over exposure.

As black bear and grizzly bear activity is common in the spring and early summer, bears may be present on the trail system throughout the year so please remember to always:

• use caution

• do not attempt to view or approach bears

• do not leave garbage or food on trails

 

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