Black bear spotted on Rails 2 Trails

City encouraging public to be aware of wildlife when using trail network between Cranbrook and Kimberley.

A black bear

A black bear

A black bear has been spotted on the Cranbrook end of the Rails to Trails pathway near Kennedy Road over the past day or two.

Residents in the Kennedy Road area have noticed the bear feeding on chokecherry bushes for the past week, but it has since moved on to a spot near Rails to Trails. To date it has not been considered a nuisance animal.

The public using Rails to Trails are strongly encouraged to be very cautious while using the pathway and be aware of the black bear’s presence.

If you see or have issues with any wildlife, including bears, please contact the provincial RAPP line to report it at 1-877-952-7277, 24 hours a day, 7 days per weeks.

This information is passed along directly to the local branch of the Conservation Officer Service, where it is recorded and depending on the wildlife issue it will be responded to.

Please do not contact City of Cranbrook Bylaw staff or the local branch of the SPCA with wildlife issues. They are only able to deal with domestic animals – not wildlife.