Nelson fails the bear test

I understand that Nelson police have made large improvements in dealing with so-called problem bears.

On Tuesday evening in Fairview, a young black bear was shot in my neighbour’s tree. I witnessed it because I couldn’t get away from it and the whole thing has left a sour taste in my mouth.

I understand that Nelson police have made large improvements in dealing with so-called problem bears. The number of bears that enter city limits and are killed each year has been significantly reduced. That I applaud.

However, here are the things that I found particularly disturbing about the event:

1. A problem bear, such as the one who was destroyed, does not become one overnight. The bear that died had likely become habituated to garbage or some other easy food source. Many towns in BC co-exist with bears. We lived in such a community where bears were a common sight, and in eight years we never had any trouble. We were bear aware. We were smart with our compost and our garbage.  We never had a problem bear in our neighbourhood, and we never once experienced the scene that unfolded in Nelson earlier this week. Clearly, we have a lot to learn here.

2. Never before have I witnessed such a large crowd of onlookers lacking all compassion. Sadly, everyone was there to witness the death of the bear. There was a particularly large gathering of youth, all of whom lacked any ounce of sympathy for the bear that was about to die. There were many adults there, as well, who also lacked any feeling.  There are many caring, compassionate people in Nelson, however, I didn’t see any on the night.

To those who were there and didn’t feel anything for that young bear, shame on you. It’s time for you to re-evaluate yourself.

Wendy Horan

Nelson

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Practical fashion: Local designers make supplies for Nelson dentists

Surgical caps and gowns have been in short supply for dentists during the pandemic

Search effort underway for man missing around Slocan River

The man was reportedly swimming near Winlaw yesterday

Kootenay doctor among 82 physicians, dentists calling on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Structures not threatened by wildfires burning in the Arrow and Kootenay Lakes region

Official says more lightning-caused fires could occur in region over next 36 hours

Harrop-Procter Co-op restores Mill Lake trail

A shelter destroyed by wildfire in 2017 will also be rebuilt

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Face masks will be mandatory for customers at all Walmart locations

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Penticton homes evacuated due to wildfire northwest of city

Emergency vehicles are at the scene near Sage Mesa, evacuation centre set up in Penticton

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

Three screening officers at Vancouver airport test positive for COVID-19

The public is not believed to be at risk of exposure

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

VIDEO: B.C. conservation officers free not-so-wily coyote with head stuck in jar

Poor pup was found with a glass jar stuck on its head in Maple Ridge

Most Read