Brief: Mt. Revelstoke campsite and trails closure to trap and collar bear

Campground, some lower-mountain trails in Mt. Revelstoke national park to be closed so staff can trap and relocate a problem bear.

A service building in the Snowforest campground on Mount Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine file photo

Parks Canada will be closing the Soren Sorensen trails and the Snowforest Campground so that staff can trap a “bold” and “fearless” bear.

The safety closure of the trail and campground will last from Aug. 24 to until at least Aug. 29.

File photo: A black bear and cub pictured in June, 2022 in the lower part of Mt. Revelstoke national park. Photo: Parks Canada

Parks Canada says that staff who focus on human/wildlife conflicts have been tracking the bear, which has become fearless of people.

Recently, the bear has got into unsecured food in the campground several times.

“This puts both people and the bear at risk,” Parks Canada said in a statement.

Sleeping pods in the Snowforest campground on Mount Revelstoke national park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine file photo

Parks Canada staff plan to collar the bear so they can follow its movement and respond when it approaches the area, including nearby recreation areas that will remain open.

“Wildlife specialists use deterrents like noise makers and paintballs to give the bear a negative experience that it will associate with people,” Parks Canada said in a statement.

Parks Canada said it is working with people who have reservations at the campground and will provide full refunds.

Correction: An earlier version of the story said the bear would be trapped, collared and relocated. In fact, it will be trapped, collared and released into the same area.

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