Temporary Closure on Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail

Nelson—The RDCK is temporarily closing a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail from Stanley Street to Cottonwood Lake. The closure will be in effect until further notice.

A young grizzly bear was showing signs of aggression on a trail between the Nelson cemetery and the Great Northern Trail.

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:

Ø  use caution

Ø  do not attempt to view or approach bears

Ø  do not leave garbage or food on trails.

The RDCK will monitor the situation. Please respect all closures. Thank you for your cooperation.

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For further information contact:

Joe Chirico

General Manager of Community Services

250.352.8158

The content on this page was last updated April 28 2017 at 2:45 PM