Trail sees uptick in human/bear conflict

Trail Champion
By Trail Champion
May 7th, 2024

On Friday, May 3, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a report of a bear in the yard of a residence in the 2000 block of 7 Avenue in Trail, according to RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. The officer attended and locate the approximately two-year-old brown coloured bear eating household garbage in the yard.

The officer scared off the bear by throwing a few small rocks in its general area. The officer spoke to the occupant who cleaned up and secured the garbage to prevent future wildlife conflicts.

Trail RCMP has seen an uptick in preventable human-wildlife conflict as local bears are activate in the area. The bears are hungry and looking for food after a long winter nap. Please don’t be the un-bear-able neighbour who keeps garbage and other attractants in their yard. Removing potential food sources is really the bear necessity in Kootenay life, said Wicentowich.

You can report human-wildlife to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

For more information on how to be Bear Smart, please visit the BC Government information site.

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