This black bear is eating natural food. Keep bears wild - store garbage securely.

Nelson still has long way to bear awareness

Conservation officers and compliance and enforcement officers issued 12 dangerous wildife protection orders in the city at the end of May

It’s clear that Nelson still has a long way to go towards cleaning up its wildlife attractants.

Conservation officers and compliance and enforcement officers issued 12 dangerous wildife protection orders in the city at the end of May. Overall, officers found that 23 per cent of the properties inspected had garbage and other wildlife attractants available on their property. This is nearly one in four properties that are not yet managing their attractants properly.

Officers inspected 175 properties and found 40 with unsecured garbage on site.

Additionally, three properties had other attractants available such as pet food, a cooler containing food and bird seed. All residents issued with a dangerous wildife protection order had cleaned up the attractant when officers returned to inspect the property. Officers also found, but did not audit, fruit trees and compost which are also major bear attractants in Nelson.

Garbage, unpicked fruit and compost brings bears, as well as skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rats and other animals close to homes. The City of Nelson has a wildlife attractant bylaw that regulates the presence of bear attractants in the city.

Bear Aware will be out tagging garbage left out on the curb overnight with bright yellow “bear attractant” stickers and visiting homes to remind people to manage garbage.   Residents are asked to store garbage indoors or in a secure shed, use bear-resistant cans, or freeze the smellier food items until garbage is collected.

To learn more about identifying and managing bear attractants near your home visit bearaware.bc.ca or email Joanne Siderius, the area Bear Aware community coordinator, at nelson@bearaware.bc.ca.

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Nelson mural festival: ‘a huge act of community’

This year the mural festival became a music festival as well

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

Contempt charge against Balfour logging protesters dropped on technicality

A B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled Cooper Creek Cedar failed to file a contempt application

Developer offers details for former Kerr Apartment site

Wayne Woodward is planning a five-storey building on Victoria Street

Jail time for driver involved in Castlegar road rampage

Sean Patrick Byrne caused havoc on Castlegar roads in November

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab in Surrey

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government

The government currently taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Most Read