UPDATED: Grizzly bear family has returned to Heritage City
Nelson residents are advised that the Nelson to Salmo Great Northern Trail will be closed from Troupe to the Highway 6 crossing — including the rails to trails south of Nelson — North of Cottonwood, due to grizzly bears returning to the area.
Local governments, including the Regional District of Central Kootenay and City of Nelson, have posted on social media that the mama grizzly and her two yearlings, who were recently relocated out of the community, have returned.
The City of Nelson said the rail trails and surrounding trails are now closed to all users.
The City of Nelson social media said that for those that still have fruit/nuts on your trees, or store your garbage outside unsecured, PLEASE pick your fruit/nuts and bring your garbage inside and upper Uphill residents, should leash dogs when out with them — especially late afternoons and night.
“The fate of this family now relies on the people of the Nelson community to reduce and manage attractants to avoid this beautiful trio coming into conflict,” the City of Nelson social media post said.
All officials and local governments are aware, and we are asking the community to report any sightings of these bears to the RAPP hotline.
BC Conservation RAPP Hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or online at https://forms.gov.bc.ca/environment/rapp/
- Bears and other wildlife can be found on any trail.
- Make noise while you travel, and ideally, travel in groups
- Carry bear spray
- Keep all dogs on a leash
Grizzly bear family seen in Nelson trapped, relocated — WildsafeBC
WildsafeBC said a trio of Grizzly bears frequenting the Uphill District near Mountain Station in Nelson have been trapped, and relocated.
Lisa Thomson, Nelson coordinator for WildSafeBC, said the Grizzly family of three were spotted recently in the Uphill district.
“Very please to announce that the Grizzly family of 3 have been successfully trapped and safely relocated out of town,” Thomson said in a social media post, along with the photo of sedated grizzly bear.
The bears, which appeared to be approximately two-and-a-half years old, have been relocated to an area with plenty of shelter and natural food sources.