Bears Close Great Northern Trail


Bears Close Nelson-Salmo Great Northern   Trail


Nelson—The RDCK is closing a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail because of bear sightings near Cottonwood Lake.

In consultation with BC Conservation Officer Service, regional bear biologists and the Ministry of Forest Land and Natural Resource Operations, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is initiating an annual spring trial closure for a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail. The annual closure will include the trail south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Siding.  The closure will begin on April 22nd until June 15th. 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:

  •     use caution,
  •     do not attempt to view or approach bears,
  •     do not leave garbage or food on trails

Please respect all closures. Thank you for your cooperation.

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For further information contact:

Cary Gaynor, Parks Operation Supervisor

(250) 352-1510

The content on this page was last updated April 22 2014 at 11:46 AM