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Increased bear calls prompts NPD to issue reminder

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 25th, 2017

The Nelson Police Department is reminding the public that spring is the time bears look for food so residents should ensure garbage, compost and waste products are disposed of in a secure manner to avoid any possible confrontations with wildlife. 

“No person may accumulate, store or collect any wildlife attractants in a manner that they are accessible to dangerous wildlife which may pose a risk to the safety of any person according to the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractants Bylaw,” NPD said in a media release Wednesday.

“A Wildlife attractant means any substance that could be reasonably expected to attract dangerous wildlife including but not limited to food products, garbage, pet food, seed, restaurant grease, game meat, or glass or metal wear or any other item having contained food.”

Residents should store garbage and recycling indoors, in a sturdy shed or in a bear resistant garbage container. 

Garbage should be brought to the curb only on the morning of your designated garbage pick-up day (by 7 a.m. but not before 5 a.m.).

NPD said fines for not properly storing wildlife attractants and failure to remove fruit from the ground in the City of Nelson start at $100 and increase to $300 dollars if not paid within 28 days.

NPD said since May 8, 2017, the department has received 22 calls regarding bears in the City of Nelson.

Anyone seeing a bear within the city limits should, contact the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or the RAPP Hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or online at


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