Nelson Police Department – Bear Awareness & Safety

Notice to Public:
Bear Awareness & Safety
The Nelson Bylaw Department, in collaboration with the Nelson Police Department and BC Conservation Officers, would like to remind residents how important this time of year can be for safety regarding wildlife such as bears and cougars.
With bears coming out of hibernation and looking for food, we must do our best and have all residential and commercial garbage stored securely within a principal building, an accessory building, or in a wildlife restraint container.
As per the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw # 3198, “No person is allowed to store, deposit, pile, place, discard or otherwise accumulate any garbage in or on any property and in such a manner that may be accessible to wildlife, except where authorized by this Bylaw.”
A potential fine of $150.00 could be issued if the Bylaw is not adhered to. Please do your best to comply with this Bylaw so we can protect our wildlife and bears and prevent the needless euthanizing of these animals.
The City of Nelson is offering at-cost bear-resistant bins for those who are interested. You can contact Public Works at 250-352-8238. If you have inquiries for the Bylaw Department, you can contact us at 250-505-5666, and for any emergencies, please contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919 or 911 for in-progress emergencies.
For problems with wildlife, contact the BC Conservation RAPP line at 1-877-952-4277.