NPD Press Release May 2017

The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that this is the time for bears to be looking for food and to ensure that 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.

 

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.

 

The City of Nelson fines start at 100 dollars and climb to 300 dollars if not paid within 28 days for Improper storage of wildlife attractants and failure to remove fruit from the ground.

 

Since May 8, 2017, the Nelson Police Department has received 22 calls regarding bears in the City of Nelson.

 

If you see a bear in your area, please contact the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or the RAPP Hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or online at www.rapp.bc.ca.

 

 

COUGAR SIGHTING

On May 25, 2017 at approximately 10:58 pm, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of a possible cougar sighting in the area of Lakeside Park.

 

The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that if you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and do not back down.  Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so.  Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK OR RUN.  Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.

 

Raise your voice and speak firmly.  Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands.  Do not bend down to pick up any items to throw.  This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

 

Please report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

 

SUBJECT: Revenue Canada Scam Alert

 

The Nelson Police Department has recently received numerous complaints from the public regarding telephone calls being received from someone representing the Canada Revenue Agency and/or a collection agency.  The caller requests personal information (including Social Insurance Numbers) from the public.  The Nelson Police Department wishes to advise the public that these callers are not associated to the Canada Revenue Agency and have been confirmed to be a scam.

 

The Nelson Police Department strongly encourages anybody receiving these telephone calls to not provide any personal information.  If any members of the public unwittingly provide any personal information or receive deceptive telemarketing, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

 

For further information regarding this scam, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html).

 

The Nelson Police Department has recently received numerous complaints from the public regarding bears in various parts of the City.  The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that this is the time for bears to be looking for food and to ensure that garbage, compost and waste products are disposed of in a secure manner to avoid any possible confrontations with wildlife.